Did your child get their school place?


Today we found out, along with everyone across the country, which school Alice will go to in September. But before we get to today I will share with you my ramblings thoughts I wrote last night because it’s all part of our story…

It’s nine o’clock on Sunday night and tomorrow morning we will find out which school Alice will go to in September. My phone has been beeping all night from friends and family wishing us good luck and luck we need! Because where we live the schools are really popular and to be honest secretly deep down I don’t think we will get any of our choices, even our catchment school. Our catchment school is always over subscribed and last year twelve children in catchment didn’t get in. Andy is putting a brave face on because he knows what a worrier I am, but I know he thinks the same. He is more of a realist that me.

I did think about staying up until midnight to see if the email would come in, but regular readers will know I don’t get much sleep anyway, so I decided that I would go to bed knowing that Alice will wake me up several times in the night and I could check my emails then. 

Monday Morning…

Can you believe Alice slept through the night!!! Of all the nights, she sleeps through on the one night I didn’t mind her waking me up. She ran into our room and my first thought was quick check my emails and there it was, it had arrived at 5.35am. I whispered to Andy I had it, as not to give Alice any idea what I was talking about. Open it then came the voice under the duvet…I whispered back, we got our second choice.

Andy jumped up, shouting really! He was just as astonished as I was. You see our second choice was our favourite school out of the three that we visited, it was the school that I could see Alice fitting into like a glove, it seemed the perfect fit for her.

So, why did we not put it as our first choice?

It’s a question that whirled around and around my mind since the day we put in our application. There were a couple of reasons, we are not in catchment and it is a short drive from us to a small village. But as time went on, I realised that actually it is only about 10 minutes further than our first choice school and we are not in catchment for that either.

Can you see a pattern? yes we didn’t have our catchment school as our first or second choice. We adored our catchment school, but it’s an infant school and then Alice would move to the juniors, which I don’t adore. I put it on the list because it’s a better option than other schools we are close to, one of which Andy was convinced we would get.

I just can’t believe how incredibly lucky we are to get Alice into this school, a school that has an outstanding ofted report, but more important than that, a school that I can picture my little girl running through the gates in the morning.

But, the story doesn’t end there for us.

You see in less than two years time I will be going through this again with Holly and of course this school would not only be our first choice, really it is our only choice. As I don’t want my girls to go to separate schools, can you imagine how difficult that would be. But because we are not in catchment, this is something that is a reality for us, it happens a lot.

A reality that we can’t afford to dismiss, or be complacent about.

So, we are left with more questions and more decisions to make…

But for today I will go to bed happy that we did the best we could for our little girl and we got her in the best school we could.

Tomorrow, I will start the story again for my little Holly…



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  1. April 18, 2016 / 23:20

    Bet it’s a relief you got the school you wanted. Definitely hard when you’re out of catchment and don’t want your local school. But then we got our local (catchment) school last year…but they had us down as out of catchment. We were in the school catchment area according to the official map, but not in the parish. So the way they had us we weren’t in any catchment at all. So instead of being 11th on the list like we should have been (out of 15), we only just got in at number 14 due to their not allocating according to the school catchment area.

    (I have a weekly school days linky which you can come and link up with now or in the future!)
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    • April 21, 2016 / 07:08

      What a nightmare situation for you! These things are so stressful. Great thank you, I will take a look and link up x

  2. April 19, 2016 / 08:12

    I can’t imagine how stressful it must be to have this problem. Where we live we don’t have that issue – there’s one school for everyone, no issues. Glad to read your child got a place!
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  3. April 19, 2016 / 10:09

    Congratulations for getting your favourite choice! 🙂 I do hope that when you go through it again, your other little one will also get in the same school as your daughter 🙂
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  4. April 20, 2016 / 07:27

    So glad to hear that you got the school you were hoping for for Alice and fingers crossed that Holly will get in there too when it’s time for her to go to school – having a sibling there should at least have some weighting in the decision. It is all a bit stressful waiting for those decisions to be made, isn’t it? #BloggerClubUK
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    • April 21, 2016 / 07:03

      Thank you. Yes, it is so stressful and I have been anxious for months x

  5. April 20, 2016 / 09:11

    So glad to hear that you got the school you wanted, it’s such a worrying time isn’t it? We got our first choice for our daughter, thank god, but I’m still in denial that she will be starting in September. She’s still my baby! Waaaah! #BloggerClubUK

  6. April 20, 2016 / 09:41

    I’m so pleased you ended up with the choice you were hoping for! It seems like such a stressful process for everyone. We have all this to come, but where we live it’s also very competitive. We live very close to an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school, but there aren’t many other options open to us, so I’m hoping that I do actually like it – Ofsted ratings aren’t everything (and it might all change by the time this comes round for us). Hopefully when it comes round again you’ll have the same result for Holly – surely having a sibling already at the school is a factor? #bloggerclubuk
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    • April 21, 2016 / 06:56

      It really is a stressful time. its the same here super competitive and the school Alice is going to is Outstanding on Ofted, but it is also a lovely little school perfect for her. Siblings is a factor for Holly, but being out of catchment means we are further down the list x

  7. April 20, 2016 / 12:40

    I’m so pleased that you got the school you wanted for your daughter. My son got into our first choice school and I actually cried with relief. I have been worrying about where he would end up going since I first applied back in October. It really was one of the most anxious moments of my life when I opened that email!

    Good luck for the next time you have to go through this. I know I’m already worrying about it at our end! #BloggerClubIK

    • April 21, 2016 / 06:52

      That’s great, the relief is overwhelming isn’t it? I was exactly the same! Thank you, pleased to know I am not the only one worrying already x

  8. April 20, 2016 / 17:38

    School placements can be very stressful. When we moved back to the UK, my eldest was in Year 2 and my youngest in Nursery. We applied for them to go the the same primary school (it had a nursery attached to it) and were beyond disappointed when my youngest didn’t secure a place. She ended up having to go to another school for a year before we were able to get her into the same school as my son for her first year. Thankfully, it all ended well and they have both enjoyed their time at an amazing primary school from which they will walk away with many fond memories. Congratulations for Alice’s placement and good luck for Holly’s. x #bloggerclubuk

    • April 21, 2016 / 06:49

      I hear stories like this all the time and it just causes unnecessary stress on family. I’m pleased it ended well x

  9. April 20, 2016 / 17:57

    So strange reading this as your neighbour on #bloggerclubuk. It’s almost spooky because….
    We also found out our eldest daughters school yesterday. And we also got our favourite school… Which we had put third. For a whole load of reasons I won’t go into here! It’s so so complicated isn’t it? Glad that you, like we, are happy with the outcome 🙂 school uniform shopping soon!

    • April 21, 2016 / 06:48

      Ha Ha that is spooky! That’s great, I’m pleased you are happy too x

  10. April 20, 2016 / 19:23

    So pleased for you guys – looks like everything worked out. We were waiting on our email until 11am so were really worried and then it popped up and said we had our first choice, what a relief! #bloggerclubUK

  11. April 20, 2016 / 21:13

    Congratulations lovely, I remember this well from last year it is such a stressful time. Fingers crossed for Holly but for now enjoy and relax,cross that bridge when you come to it. xxx

  12. April 21, 2016 / 11:34

    Aww I’m so glad you got a school that you wanted! We are putting Mia’s name down this year and we need to move to get into catchment for the school we want. We don’t think we will get in as its always over-subscribed and the area is really expensive to get into. I never realised how much of a worry it is right from the beginning!

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  13. April 22, 2016 / 09:21

    Well done on getting one of your top three choices! We got our first choice but they have doubled the spaces and doubled the size of the school so I think we were very lucky.
    I know some people who got a school over 5 miles away from where they live, I couldn’t image how stressful it would be! #picnmix

  14. April 22, 2016 / 09:34

    You can only do your best and make the best decision you can at the time. Luckily our first choice was a no-brainer and even more luckily we got our first choice – BB started last September and is thrivingx #picknmix
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  15. April 22, 2016 / 23:06

    Ah Alice is such a cutie 🙂 Congratulations on getting a place at the school you wished for her. It is such a stressful time, and it really shouldn’t be. I just don’t know what the answer is though! We also had confirmation of a place for our youngest girl at big sister’s school. But it is such a different feeling for siblings. Slightly less stress, and of course being a sibling puts them up the list! So pleased for you, and exciting times ahead!! 🙂 Kathy xx

  16. April 24, 2016 / 15:26

    I’m so glad you got the school that you wanted! This is such a stressful process. It’s crazy that siblings aren’t automatically accepted into the same school! I hope it all works out for you the next time around. Thanks so much for sharing with #bloggerclubuk x
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  17. April 26, 2016 / 20:18

    Congrats on getting the school you wanted 🙂 I was lucky with my boys and got both the primary and secondary school we wanted – although I need to apply later this year for my youngest to go to his brother’s secondary school.

    Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

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