Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Barnaby's School Application

This year, Milton Keynes Council has started to use the web for all its applications to schools. The site 'opened' for applications at 10:00 on Monday 2nd October. I tried to fill in Barnaby's application at 10:01 (I had an alarm set on my mobile 'phone; is that sad?) only to meet with unsurmountable technical problems. Today I finally received a response to my technical-support 'help' email. This is an extract from the council's email reply:

Thank you for trying to apply online for a school place for your child. As you know, there were some difficulties yesterday which meant that a new password was issued. You have probably been able to register your details but, unfortunately, have not been able to make an application. This difficulty applies only to a small number of parents who attempted to apply before approximately 2.00 pm yesterday. Any registrations and applications submitted after that time have been processed without difficulty. Meanwhile the IT Section is working with the programme supplier to resolve the problem so that you will be able to use the system.

So, this evening I tried again and this time I was sucessful! Here is a copy of Barnaby's school application:

APPLICANT'S DETAILS
Dr Ruth Dalton is the adult responsible for the child in this application and is making an application for Single Point of Entry 2007. The details below are relevant to this application.

Applicant's Address: (removed from blog)
PostCode: (removed from blog)
Gender: Female
Relationship to pupil: Mother
Do you have parental responsibility for this child?: Yes

Child Details
Forename/given name: Aidan
Middle name(s): Barnaby
Surname/family name: Dalton
Date of Birth Day:11 Month:1 Year:2003
Gender: Male
Postcode: (removed from blog)

Applications
Preference School: 1
Name of School: Loughton Manor First School
Post code of School: MK5 8FA
Please tick any of the following reasons for your preference for this school. you may tick as many reasons as you like.
* Distance (home to preferred school)

Preference School: 2
Name of School: Glastonbury Thorn School
Post code of School MK5 6AB
Please tick any of the following reasons for your preference for this school. you may tick as many reasons as you like.
* Distance (home to preferred school)

Preference School: 3
Name of School: Caroline Haslett Primary School
Post code of School MK5 7DF
Please tick any of the following reasons for your preference for this school. you may tick as many reasons as you like.
* Distance (home to preferred school)

I think that we are notified about Barnaby's place in the early Spring. We were having a discussion about the relative merits of the local primary schools at the NCT coffee group this afternoon and the general consensus seemed to be that all of the three that I have selected are pretty good, with not a lot to choose between them. So my order of preference is purely geographical (Loughton Manor First School is only about 10 minutes walk from our house). However, it's no coincidence that all the school local to us have good reputations - I checked them out before moving here!

Well, at least that's one less task off my mind...

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