Getting the order of your preferences right
1. 2020 Case study - Ordering your preference schools
Mr A made a primary application for his daughter as follows –
- School A out of catchment infant school
- School B out of catchment infant school
Mr A isn’t particularly keen on his catchment primary school (School C) and doesn’t include it. He thinks that his daughter will always get a place later on if he’s not able to secure one of his preferences.
On 16 April we let Mr A know that unfortunately the schools he listed were all oversubscribed and we were not able to offer a place. With all his preference schools full, we offer a place at the closest school that has a vacancy at that time, which was not a catchment school.
The school offered happens to be further than Mr A wants his daughter to travel. Mr A would actually now rather have a place at his catchment school but School C is full (of catchment and non-catchment children that listed it on their original application).
Mr A cannot state a new preference until the third round of allocations and may still not get a place in later rounds if enough places are not freed up.
Buckinghamshire residents have the opportunity to list 6 preferences. Think carefully before not including your catchment school amongst your preferences. There is no guarantee of a particular school but you have priority for your catchment school. Bear in mind that if your preferences aren’t very realistic, and you do not list your catchment school, you may be allocated a school much further away than you are willing for your child to travel.
Mrs B made a primary application for her son as follows –
- School C out of catchment infant school
- School D catchment infant school
On the 16 April we let Mrs B know that we were able to offer her son a place at School D which was her catchment school.
Mrs B contact the admission steam wanting to know why her son had not been offered a place at School C as his sister was attending that school.
Unfortunately on the application form Mrs B did not fill in the sibling information so the admissions team were not aware when ranking the schools list that Mrs B had another child already attending School C. Had Mrs B filled in the application form correctly her son would have got a place at School C. She now has to wait until the third round of allocations to see if her son will get a place in later rounds if enough places are freed up.
Last updated: 12 April 2021