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 Post subject: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:24 pm 
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Hi

DD has just sat some of the independent school exams this week. Just wondering if those of you more familiar with the schools can advise whether any of the following schools have 'exploding offers'?

Habs girls
South Hampstead
Channing

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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:07 pm 
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None of these three schools have exploding offers.

City girls is the main school that has exploding offers and are now about to have their third year of doing so. DG


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:09 pm 
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Hi Splits123,

A thread from early Dec 2018 re St Paul's Girls addressed exploding offers . I believe Channing was amongst those cited as using them.eg.

Expat wrote "CLSG, Channing and Highgate have used exploding offers for the last few years. I haven't heard that SPGS has done so. But the advice we received from our independent primary was that almost all independent secondaries reserve the right to withdraw offers if they are too oversubscribed; our headteacher strongly suggested that we prepare to make our decision as soon as we had the details of the offers. Unfortunately, you may be leaving yourself at risk of disappointment if you plan to use offer-holders' days to get more information or to have a last look around. At CLSG the offers exploded before their offer-holders' days each of the last two years, as they also did at Channing last year."

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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:11 am 
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DAOgroupie, I just wanted to add that we were told first hand that Channing have exploding offers. NLCS told me that they offer 120 places for 60
Spaces and they guarantee every girl offered a place and it usually works out that they have about the correct amount. If they have more they said that’s their problem to address.


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:33 am 
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Channing definitely do exploding offers. Francis Holland and SHHS have explicitly stated that they won't. Apparently their registrars have got the maths of offers to acceptances spot on and usually end up either exactly right or taking one or two from the waiting lists.


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:07 pm 
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Thank you.

I stand corrected on Channing.

Surprising that nobody was complaining about it last year and City girls was getting all the grief.

Surprising too that NLCS offer double the spaces and expect only 50% to accept.

Two years in a row they have had to go back to the list after the interviews and invite more girls in for interview as they have not been able to get enough they want to make offers to from the initial choice.

It is very difficult to have to second guess what parents are going to choose each year.

I support the exploding offers. Parents have had plenty of time to make their mind up and I can't see any reason to sit there with a bunch of offers week after week before deciding. DG


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:27 pm 
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Daogroupie wrote:
I support the exploding offers. Parents have had plenty of time to make their mind up and I can't see any reason to sit there with a bunch of offers week after week before deciding

Agree about those holding on to lots of offers.

But the exploding offers do put parents waiting for Grammar School allocations on 1st March at a disadvantage.


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:36 pm 
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thisisnuts wrote:
Daogroupie wrote:
I support the exploding offers. Parents have had plenty of time to make their mind up and I can't see any reason to sit there with a bunch of offers week after week before deciding

Agree about those holding on to lots of offers.

But the exploding offers do put parents waiting for Grammar School allocations on 1st March at a disadvantage.


As a parent who didn't bother with the independent sector because of unaffordability, I disagree; parents with the option of grammars AND indies are massively advantaged in my view.


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:58 am 
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There have been many parents of the forum who have talked about Channing’s exploding offers. I would urge parents to receive information first hand from schools as every school I have been to have been very transparent about their protocol and procedure.


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 Post subject: Re: Exploding Offers
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:40 am 
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Do these schools differentiate between those waiting for state school allocations who hold substantial bursary offers and those for whose parents a non-refunded £1000 or so would be a small price to pay, compared with saving £15 000 pa for the next 7 years if their DC is allocated a grammar school place?

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