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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:47 am 
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Ok, so you need to be a bit more strategic I think. Are you RC? If so and you would be happy with St Ambrose then I’d put that at the top, as far as I am aware they prioritise Catholics and whilst you aren’t in the feeder schools you still stand a good chance.

Bit before you list your choices you need to do some home work and find out in recent years the lowest score admitted to OOC.For example AGSB was 390, the year my son did it ( admittedly he is now nearly 21) it was 351 ish!

Good idea to put your high school as a banker.The system operates on blind preference , so if you can’t be offered your first school, they look at the second and so on.Is it only the three choices you have?


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:28 pm 
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Are you in Trafford, Maximeo? I know you say you're 15 miles OOC, but not sure if thats still within Trafford? I'm not sure how you apply for schools if you're applying in 2 LEAs but in Trafford you can list 5 schools on your form. You dont have to limit yourself to 3.

Read the admission criteria for the schools - some prioritise Pupil Premium now / offer ringfenced places but i think you have to fill in a form if thats the case. I think OOC places for Sale and AGSB need very high scores (dont know about the others) and St Ambrose dont usually offer places to non-Catholic boys. Having said all that, as long as you have a "banker" where you know your DS will definitely get a place, you have nothing to lose naming the grammars on the application just in case.


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:56 am 
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Mandy21 wrote:
Are you in Trafford, Maximeo? I know you say you're 15 miles OOC, but not sure if thats still within Trafford? I'm not sure how you apply for schools if you're applying in 2 LEAs but in Trafford you can list 5 schools on your form. You dont have to limit yourself to 3.



Just for information - applications for state schools must be made via your home LA's Common Application Form, even if some (or indeed all) are in other areas :) .

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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:27 am 
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Thanks ToadMum for the info!


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:37 am 
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Does anyone know if OOC score applies to the candidate who has got a sibling in for SGS.
I’m Five miles away from school. My son passed comfortably with a score of 365 but has got a sibling attending already.
Any chance of getting a place?


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:42 am 
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Nadia - I know that there is not a sibling criteria within the admissions policy at UGS although not sure with Stretford, but it will be clearly defined in their admissions policy.


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:46 am 
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I have just looked at http://www.stretfordgrammar.com/admissi ... ns-policy/ and it appears that for admissions in September 2020 then having a sibling already in the school is one of the criteria.


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:54 am 
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Nadia - by SGS do you mean Stretford Grammar School or Sale Grammar School?

There is no sibling policy at Sale, and if you're OOC it goes on score, not distance. Last year, the lowest OOC score (according to the Trafford website) was 380.


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:03 am 
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Mandy21 - so no sibling policy at Sale Grammar? So, theoretically you could both be in the priority postcode, one with a sibling at the school already, but slightly further out than someone who has no sibling at the school, and the child who is slightly closer but with no sibling would get the place?

I did not know that! I always assumed that the children whose siblings go there would take precedence over the children without a sibling if both in the priority postcode.


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 Post subject: Re: CEM test Trafford
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:18 am 
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Trafmum82 wrote:
Mandy21 - so no sibling policy at Sale Grammar? So, theoretically you could both be in the priority postcode, one with a sibling at the school already, but slightly further out than someone who has no sibling at the school, and the child who is slightly closer but with no sibling would get the place?

I did not know that! I always assumed that the children whose siblings go there would take precedence over the children without a sibling if both in the priority postcode.


I think that's a theoretical dilemma because I think Sale has offered everyone in the priority catchment for many years, but yes, if they didn't have enough places for everyone in Category 2 (priority catchment) it just goes off distance to school. Nothing to do with siblings. Its all in the admissions policy on their website.


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