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- Eton past papers for Eton College entrance exams.
- Cambridge Past Papers for Cambridge entrance exams.
- Canterbury Past Papers for Canterbury entrance exams.
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Eton past papers for Eton College entrance
Firstly, here are our Years 3-6 past papers for Eton College, Canterbury College and for Cambridge College.
Past papers Eton College
Past papers Canterbury Cambridge 13+
King’s Scholarship Past papers
King’s Past papers
Past papers Canterbury Cambridge 13+
Various schools’ Past papers
More Various Past papers
COMMON APPLICATION FORM 2019
There are often stories of disappointment from people allocated schools that they find to be inappropriate. Or even unacceptable for their child. Although there are various reasons that this may happen it often boils down to the fact that parents do not:
- Grasp the admission criteria for their chosen schools.
- Comprehend the process of allocating schools – the Equal Preference System.
It really should not happen that children lose out on school places. Certainly, not because their school preferences were entered incorrectly on the CAF (Common Application Form). Often this happens because parents listen to a head teacher or teacher.
Even Headteachers and teachers are not always aware of the best procedures or able to advise on the correct way to complete the CAF. A well-known example and something that happens yearly is where a parent had entered the following order of preferences on the CAF on the advice of their child’s Headteacher:
- Preferred grammar school, not a catchment school
- Local Comprehensive school, heavily over-subscribed
- Local, catchment grammar school
COMMON APPLICATION FORM 2019 Part II
One set of parents were advised to put the comprehensive school as high as possible on the form if they wanted a chance of getting a place. The Headteacher was under the impression that if the child qualified for grammar school, the comprehensive school will automatically be ignored. She was wrong.
Unfortunately, the Admissions Department could not allocate the child a place in the grammar school. Even though the child did qualify for a one. Although he/she qualified for grammar school allocation, the first preference school was oversubscribed. Therefore the Admissions Department automatically moved to the next preference school. The Admissions Department had to believe that that was what the parents intended. To therefore award the child a place at the comprehensive school.
The only solution for the parent was to go on to the waiting lists for both grammar schools. To hope that a place would become available at one of the. Or to fight an over-subscription appeal for both schools. Luckily, on this occasion, a place came up at the local, catchment grammar school in the second round of allocations.
As the example above shows, even experienced professionals can give incorrect advice, despite their best intentions.
In many areas of the country, the CAF allows you to express up to six preferences. This is generally sufficient for most parents. However, in certain areas, there are only three spaces on the CAF, and completing the form presents considerable challenges.
The golden rule for completing the CAF is that you should always put the schools in your real order of preference.
COMMON APPLICATION FORM 2019 Part IV
Remember when completing the CAF:
- If your child is taking the 11+, list all your preferred grammar schools above any other type of schools.
- Be realistic. If a certain grammar school, is 15 miles away then don’t list it as a preference. Although if you live only 8-9 miles away, take a chance.
- Your last preference school should be your ultimate fallback if all else fails. Therefore, make sure it is still a school that will be acceptable. Plus, one that your child is certain to get a place.
- Keep a copy of your CAF (print the online version or make a copy of the form signed and dated version). You will be very glad if you decide to appeal. Then need to prove what you filled in.
- Get proof that your application form has been sent. Take a screenshot or send it by recorded mail. You can even phone the local authority a few days later to confirm.
- If you have any questions – ASK. You only have one opportunity to apply for secondary school places. So make sure you do it right.
- If your child does not get a place at any of your listed preferences, your home local authority will allocate your child a place. Check carefully with your local Admissions Department. Or with the School Choice Advisers.