With only a few days to go until parents hear about primary school places for reception class, the anticipation is building, and I’m becoming a little more anxious. With our county, 91% of children got their 1st choice place at secondary schools, so it’ll be interesting how different it is for primary places.
We should be ok. Friends with children at the school and living in the village tell me that the level ahead of us (siblings in catchment) are looking like taking 9 of the 15 places. We know there’s a friend of N’s at nursery who has moved into the village, so he’ll get in ahead of us, which moves us down to 11th place. I’m holding out hope that like in the last 4 years, there won’t be any children from outside catchment with medical need or who’re in care and apply (the rational for putting those ahead of catchment drives me mad…surely they should be going to their nearest school not one elsewhere?).
But there’s always the worry that for some reason 1 of those 4 little places will end up for some reason not being allocated to us. Despite us being in catchment (thank you to the person drawing the catchment area, by drawing a little box around our farm and therefore including us in catchment), all of his cousins having been to or going to the school, his dad, aunt and uncle being at the school way back when the school was trying to stay open.
We’ve been given a couple of handmedown school sweatshirts by the youngest cousin too, in readiness for September. I’m hoping that’s not jinxed us.
I was always really calm before when thinking about it, and hearing about the worry from other parents, but now it’s only a week away and I’ve got everything crossed.
The OH isn’t concerned. I don’t think he’s even taken it in that we’ve had to apply and that we’ll get a place confirmation this week. He keeps joking that N will be home schooled anyway…by him on the farm. Hmm, I’m thinking there’s a bit more to education than just showing N how tractors work, management of cattle, writing cattle passports and getting someone else to do the accounts. That’s definitely not going to happen. In reality, he just assumes that the village school is where N will go.
Our NCT group are going out in a few weeks so I’m sure we’ll be comparing notes, worrying about how our 4 year olds are growing up, and planning for school. I’m going to be watching out for my online friends going through the same wait and opening of those emails and letters, and hoping everyone gets the news they want.
These school placements are almost the biggest decision that will be made for our children, and we can’t even guarantee that as parents we have control of the decision. Even when we’re sure a place should be ours, it’s still a horrible and long wait.
Good luck to those awaiting their primary school allocation, and let me know on Thursday how you got on.