I'm still a bit (a lot) stunned as this morning I logged into Primary School admissions to find that my little girl has been allocated a place at a completely arbitrary school.
We did all the right things, application in on time, applied to 4 schools (the 4 closest to us) etc etc. We're told that as parents we have choices over where to send our children to school to end up in situations like this. It is the worst school in the area with a significant number of children not reaching the minimum attainment for English in their Sats - I presume it must have many children with English as their second language. It is more than 3 times the distance than even the furthest of the the 4 schools we applied to.
I know it's early days, I'm waiting for the paper form to decline the place (I am honestly prepared to home school rather than send her there) and go onto waiting lists at all 4 of our preferred choices.
If this doesn't work I fully intend to appeal the decision, particularly as I have a daughter a year younger who has been offered a place at the other school's nurseries. It would be impossible for me to walk them to school. Any advice about how to go about it and what constitutes decent grounds for appeal would be really appreciated.