Today is the day that half a million parents across the country find out if their child got into the primary or junior school of their choice. According to experts, lots of families will be left disappointed because their child did not get into their first or even second choice of school. Just because they went to nursery at that school does not mean that they are guaranteed a place in the primary section and there are reports of siblings attending schools miles apart and parents having to tackle lengthy school runs to get both children to school on time!
The Good Schools Guide reports that the chances of successfully winning an appeal against the decision are very slim and reasons such as poor Ofsted ratings, distance from home and siblings at the school are not considered grounds for appeal.
Their advice if you are not happy with the alloction is to firstly accept the place - if not you could end up with no place at all for your child come September. Secondly, get on all the other waiting lists for the schools that you want asap - some may drop out as they have moved or get accepted into another school and the sooner you do it, the higher the chance as they are often based on a first come first served basis although this does differ from school to school and area you are in - check your local authorities policy on this.
If you are considering putting in an appeal, you need to make sure you have the right grounds to appeal on. You need to prove that there was a mistake in the admissions process or that the admissions policy is unlawful or that no reasonable person would have come to that decission and the reasonable term in the law term reasonable not just what we as parents would consider reasonable.
You might be really upset that your child has not got a place at the school that you wanted but you need to try and hide this from your child, they will pick up on it and it will make the thought of school in September even harder. If you don't know many people at the new allocated school, maybe check out if they have a Facebook page and drop them a message and see if they can get some parents with children in your child's year to meet at the park or something so you and your child know a few people which should ease the process a little bit for you both.
Good luck and let us know your thoughts?GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE LINK