Primary School Transfers

At the minute Im in the process of applying for a transfer for my children to a new primary school as we are moving to a new house. Im struggling to come up with some ideas as for the reason for my first school preference other then just simply ' it will be closer to our new home' . Has anyone got any others reasons i could put down on the application form which would give us a good chance of being selected for our first choice of school?

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if there is room in the school...maximum is 30 per class per teacher, you will get her in as they work on how close you live to the school in the first instance.....dont worry about finding more reasons

I don't think any of the reasons really make a huge amount of difference .My mother in law is involved in the school allocations in this area and tells me that they don't even look at the reasons in most instances!!

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if its the closest school to your new home then that is good enough

Original Poster

Thanks for the quick replies. Yes our prefered school is the closest one to us. I wont worry too much about putting down other reasons then. thanks all.

dont put a second preference:thumbsup:

My dad was one of the people who made the decisions on people who had appealed once, and one of the reasons a mum gave for her kids having to go to a school was "Well you will have to change your mind because I've already bought the uniform..." - She just annoyed the panel and that is NOT one I would recommend using!

It was also common to mention having to cross a busy main road to get to the other school (although other parents werent bothered by this if they wanted the first school!)

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if i didn't put a second preference though and we didn't get in our only choice the children would have to remain at there old school wouldn't they?

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matt-the-blade;5652537

if i didn't put a second preference though and we didn't get in our only … if i didn't put a second preference though and we didn't get in our only choice the children would have to remain at there old school wouldn't they?



Have you moved into your new home? Yu could always phone the school or the education authority as place will now have been issued, so they will know what places are left

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no not yet, its a new build and wont be completed till middle of august.

If the school is likely to be over subscribed then a supporting letter from your solicitor is a good idea to confirm the house move.

matt-the-blade;5652537

if i didn't put a second preference though and we didn't get in our only … if i didn't put a second preference though and we didn't get in our only choice the children would have to remain at there old school wouldn't they?





no get the local education officer to help you

dont put a second only put the one you want and they have no choice
depending on how far away the old school is

good luck;-)

ive heard the closest option works...best of luck. Have u moved to a totally new area?

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contact LEA and ask for advice, as when you apply it will be from your address now, so it isnt your nearest school

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But the thing is though we've left it that late and if the school is oversubscribed and we did get a letter from our solicitor wouldn't the school just accept the children who had applied first?

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sassie;5652584

contact LEA and ask for advice, as when you apply it will be from your … contact LEA and ask for advice, as when you apply it will be from your address now, so it isnt your nearest school



there's a section on the form where you can indicate that you will be moving to a new property and hence thats the reason our wanting to transfer schools.

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matt-the-blade;5652600

there's a section on the form where you can indicate that you will be … there's a section on the form where you can indicate that you will be moving to a new property and hence thats the reason our wanting to transfer schools.



if the school is over subscribed then no matter what you put you arent going to get a place, or do you think they will throw someone out to make room - lol

if there is only two places and 5 apply then they will work down the criteria sheet

matt-the-blade;5652586

But the thing is though we've left it that late and if the school is … But the thing is though we've left it that late and if the school is oversubscribed and we did get a letter from our solicitor wouldn't the school just accept the children who had applied first?



if thats the case you will be put on a waiting list and every 2 weeks or so, they have a appeal of the waiting list , some get in some dont get help from your local education officer :)thats what we did and he got in first time no waiting for a second appeal

Found this:
[url]www.gettherightschool.co.uk[/url]

some good info on there, also on advice about putting down a second choice.

As Sassie says, contact the LEA as they should have an up to date list of places, if you are looking to place more than one child places for all may not be available .

good luck

I applied for junior school a few months back for my daughter - we never had to give reasons. Cant you just contact the schools direct when your transferring? I am pretty sure you can
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