erinisle22 wrote:I also noticed that the catchment area for this school shrunk dramatically last year, whereas the St Anselms one grew. Is that because St Boniface is performing better than St Anselms at KS2? Or is this just a coincidence?
I think catchment areas vary quite a bit for both schools from year-to-year. The is because:
- they both have relatively small intakes (30 in St Anselm's and 45 in St. Boniface's)
- often over half the intake is siblings (those Catholics and their big families)
- after siblings, priority is based on Mass attendance on Sundays and holy days of obligation before distance gets factored in
I know people involved with both schools and I think St Boniface's has caught up with St Anselm's and maybe even gone slightly ahead of it. However, I don't think that one school is significantly better than the other. I would be happy for my children to get admitted to either.
It will be interesting to see the number of siblings and distances this year when they are published.
Laura Brown: Re your comment about there being no downside to putting St Boniface's down as number one even if you don't think you have much chance of getting in as it has no affect on the likelihood of getting into your second choice. You are correct re likelihood of getting second choice, but I would caution that it does mean that one of the six (?) choices is then used up. I have heard of cases of people being very unrealistic in the six schools and ending up with none of them - and then having to go to the nearest school with free places. Based on many many years of data it is a waste of time for someone who is not at least a baptised Catholic (ignoring when baptised and Mass attendance) to put down St. Boniface's as a choice.