UmmH wrote:I'd like to ask what you all think about only putting down one choice. There is only one school in my area that I like, so I wonder what the point is of filling up the form with schools I do not wish to send my son to. Alternative is to fill it up with schools I like which are outside my area. Does it make any difference??
Please please fill out all of the choices. The only time that you should not fill out a choice is if you would go private (and have a place at an independent school!) or homeschool rather than have your child go to the relevant school.
If you only put down one school and your child doesn't get a place there then you will be offered a place at a school that has surplus places and that may be at the other end of the borough.
However, it's a waste to put down a school that your child has zero chance of getting a place at.
The trick is to marry your preferences with the likelihood of admission.