Thomas Battersea assessment is after other schools acceptance

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Streatham87
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Thomas Battersea assessment is after other schools acceptance

Postby Streatham87 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:43 am

Our daughter has an assessment at Thomas’ Battersea for 2022 but we are worried that the assessment takes place after the time period you would have to accept places from other schools (which is around March/April 2021). The likelyhood of getting accepted into Battersea is 1/5 so we need to have options.
So confused! Does st Thomas’ expect you to pay a £2,500 deposit on accepting a place at another school before even having an assessment with them in the “Michaelmas term”. Help!
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Postby Pigeon123 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 11:00 am

Basically, yes. You might be able to get your deposit back from another school if you so get in, but it’s definitely not guaranteed. So you need to pay 2 deposits....
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Postby MagnoliaMum » Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:11 pm

It's not Thomas's fault; it's the other local competing schools being greedy. It's exactly the same situation for Thomas's Clapham (or was, a few years back). Basically, the other schools time their deadline that bit before the Thomas's assessment so that you have to pay their deposit or lose your back-up place. Check the wording of what you sign when paying your deposit, but if your child then gets a place at Thomas's that you want to accept, you're unlikely to get the deposit back. Our's was expressed as 'non-refundable' and although we told them immediately we accepted the Thomas's offer, so they had months till school started, they refused to return it. Even though we knew they hadn't suffered any financial loss, just made one phonecall to the next person on their waiting list who took our space (and paid another deposit!).

It's such a rip-off and probably wouldn't be watertight if you took them to court, but no parent ever dares challenge it. You're caught between the possibilities of paying two deposits or ending up without either of the schools you prefer. A lot of parents do therefore end up paying two deposits; others register for state schools to be the back-up option instead.

Not much consolation, but later down the line the private secondary day schools do not do this - they all give out their offers on the same day and have similar deadlines for acceptance. Some boarding schools take an earlier deposit but return it if they manage to fill your place. So this fleecing does not happen again...
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Re: Thomas Battersea assessment is after other schools acceptance

Postby bar1981 » Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:10 pm

Please don’t take this otherwise, but most parents who are in this position are quite happy/ able to lose a deposit for a second and in some cases third school. I was one of them. My daughter got into 3 schools and we paid for all 3. But it was ok for us. If you want to wait for Thomas’s then think of it as an ‘extra’ and pay your deposit for the back up school. P.s we are at Thomas’s battersea
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