Meanwhile, the website has been in great demand. Not counting the more than 500 subscribers through email and RSS, the website had another 16976 visitors in March; 12327 in April; 13107 in May. Not surprisingly there has been a falling off this month to 5507 with nearly half the month completed, as decisions are mainly made for 2012 admission, with 2013 yet to arrive. Most popular page is Kent Grammar School Applications with 24812 hits; followed by Kent Secondary School Admissions with 14020. Top current news item is Kent 11 Plus results 2011, 3097 hits (excluding subscribers), followed by Tiger Free School in Maidstone, 2405.
The saddest aspect of running Kentadvice.co.uk is the large number of enquiries, at this time averaging 20 a day, which flood in from parents of children outside Kent or Medway, often desperate for independent objective advice in very difficult circumstances. Some even try and disguise their place of residence or claim to live in historic Kent (now the Outer London Boroughs), perhaps unaware that part of my expertise is based on local knowledge and I have no claim to know about circumstances or systems in other Local Authorities. Sadly, I am unable to help any of these, and am also unable to direct them to others who operate in the same way as me (I do believe this service and website are unique). In addition, I am semi-retired and am fully stretched with the service I do offer; indeed am having to shrink it unfortunately at the expense of my work on individual Special Education Needs issues which are always so time consuming.