Today we found out, along with everyone across the country, which school Alice will go to in September. But before we get to today I will share with you my ramblings thoughts I wrote last night because it’s all part of our story…
It’s nine o’clock on Sunday night and tomorrow morning we will find out which school Alice will go to in September. My phone has been beeping all night from friends and family wishing us good luck and luck we need! Because where we live the schools are really popular and to be honest secretly deep down I don’t think we will get any of our choices, even our catchment school. Our catchment school is always over subscribed and last year twelve children in catchment didn’t get in. Andy is putting a brave face on because he knows what a worrier I am, but I know he thinks the same. He is more of a realist that me.
I did think about staying up until midnight to see if the email would come in, but regular readers will know I don’t get much sleep anyway, so I decided that I would go to bed knowing that Alice will wake me up several times in the night and I could check my emails then.
Can you believe Alice slept through the night!!! Of all the nights, she sleeps through on the one night I didn’t mind her waking me up. She ran into our room and my first thought was quick check my emails and there it was, it had arrived at 5.35am. I whispered to Andy I had it, as not to give Alice any idea what I was talking about. Open it then came the voice under the duvet…I whispered back, we got our second choice.
Andy jumped up, shouting really! He was just as astonished as I was. You see our second choice was our favourite school out of the three that we visited, it was the school that I could see Alice fitting into like a glove, it seemed the perfect fit for her.
So, why did we not put it as our first choice?
It’s a question that whirled around and around my mind since the day we put in our application. There were a couple of reasons, we are not in catchment and it is a short drive from us to a small village. But as time went on, I realised that actually it is only about 10 minutes further than our first choice school and we are not in catchment for that either.
Can you see a pattern? yes we didn’t have our catchment school as our first or second choice. We adored our catchment school, but it’s an infant school and then Alice would move to the juniors, which I don’t adore. I put it on the list because it’s a better option than other schools we are close to, one of which Andy was convinced we would get.
I just can’t believe how incredibly lucky we are to get Alice into this school, a school that has an outstanding ofted report, but more important than that, a school that I can picture my little girl running through the gates in the morning.
But, the story doesn’t end there for us.
You see in less than two years time I will be going through this again with Holly and of course this school would not only be our first choice, really it is our only choice. As I don’t want my girls to go to separate schools, can you imagine how difficult that would be. But because we are not in catchment, this is something that is a reality for us, it happens a lot.
A reality that we can’t afford to dismiss, or be complacent about.
So, we are left with more questions and more decisions to make…
But for today I will go to bed happy that we did the best we could for our little girl and we got her in the best school we could.
Tomorrow, I will start the story again for my little Holly…