Actually, no I didn't realise it was our local school. Naively, perhaps, I thought that we had several "local" schools to choose from, Honeywell & Belleville included, but didn't realise that if you didn't live within spitting distance of the school grounds, you don't have a chance. In fact, even if you do live that close, you are not guaranteed a place. I feel for those parents who live on the same street as the school but don't have places. Which is ridiculous, because effectively there is no point in putting parents through the charade of having a "choice" because choice does not come into it. We get allocated a school, if we're lucky, dependent on where we can afford to live, even if it is not where we want our children to go for whatever reason. And even if we can afford to live there, it is then dependent on whether someone got their brood in there first.
My fingers are firmly crossed that High View does turn out to be on the up, because with our lowest waiting list position being in the mid-30s at Swaffield & mid-80s at Belleville, we do not have a choice. We can't afford private, we both work so home schooling is not an option, our only alternative would be to move out of the area as soon as we can, which wouldn't be for at least another two years for various reasons. My issue is that we didn't have a choice, & offering us a choice was very misleading because we never stood a chance. The other schools are not that much further, 5 more minute's walk at most, so no less "local" than High View.