Hi Lucky Mummy
We have also just received our 'rejection letter' from Broomwood hall (we too live in nightingale triangle). To be honest, I am rather annoyed by the whole thing, and think its a bit of a swizzle to get a larger deposit from parents who are choosing schools. We were rather late putting our son down for the schools (we moved to the area december 2010, and only applied for various schools in Feb 2010, for start september 2013). We were told quite honeslty by most schools - thomas', Eaton, various others that either 1) we were too late and list is full or 2) we could chance it and go on a wait list and pay money (£50) but no guarantee. There was no mention of these 'waiting' lists at Broomwood when we applied, and again no metion when we went for the walk around, or sons interview (which I thought went well enough, esp considering we had dragged him out of his sick bed for it, and he was diagnosed with flu 2 days later), or during 'our interview' (which we probably didnt perform well enough
). Anyway, during all of this, I was under the impression it was either a clear case 1) you are in or 2) you fail, and are not offered a place. At no point were we told about a wait list or that they were heavily oversubscribed. Probably naive of me not to ask, but I assumed this information would be forthcoming (like all the other schools). Broomwood happily take £100 off you (double the amount of any other school) and only then afterwards to may be offered a place or put on a wait list?!?!?! Without actually advising this may be the case. Which of course they know may be a possiblty beforehand, because of the number of deposits they have already taken, against the spaces they have available.
OK, we may not have performed well in 'assessment' but not sure whether its the parents or child who is more under assessment, but even so feel like the whole thing is a big con to get double the amount of deposit out of far many more parents, because they dont even mention a wait list (or oversubscription) until long after you've paid money.
Now anyone who is applying to private schools can afford these deposits, but thats not the point, for me the whole thing seems sneaky - maybe they just neglected to tell me about a wait list and others were told, but even so, it all seems underhand to me, and I will not be sending my son there even if he were to progress through the wait list.
Sorry, rant over, I do know how you feel, but as far as I can see the school is oversubscribed like any other around here, and has a very effective method of extracting a hell of a lot more money from parents for the deposit then the other schools, by keeping their wait list close to there chest until after such time the (double) amount of deposit has been paid.
Still its back to the drawing board for us, but I am confident we will get in somewhere we like before september 2013 (probably naively again) but there is so much movement all the time, and feel that, although my son is extremely bright (IMO) maybe the assessment route is not for us.