Seven things you can do if your child did not get your first choice primary school

Watford Observer: Eight things you can do if your child did not get your first choice primary school Eight things you can do if your child did not get your first choice primary school

All over the country parents have been receiving the news that their child has been accepted into a primary school.

But what if your child didn't get a place at the school you had really set your heart on? Is there anything you can do? 

Here are seven things you can try:

1. Don’t panic.

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Consider accepting the school you have been offered. Compare its curriculum, distance from your home and facilities. You have until April 30 this year to decide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Put your child on the waiting list of your first choice school and check back regularly.

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3. Find out whether your first choice of school is full (class sizes are limited to 30 pupils for five to seven-year-olds) and consider if you want to appeal.

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4. You can still appeal if the admission arrangements haven’t been properly followed, the admission criteria aren’t legal, or the decision to refuse your child a place wasn’t reasonable.

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5. If you decide to appeal, collect as much evidence as possible and make sure you are well prepared for the hearing.

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6. At the appeal the panel will decide if the school’s admission criteria were properly followed and are legal, and if your reasons for your child to be admitted outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting another child.

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7. A decision will be made in five days.

Information obtained from gov.uk.
 

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11:27am Thu 17 Apr 14

garston tony says...

Being pedandic I will point out that no. 7 isnt something a parent 'can do'.

But if I could suggest some 'things' to do myself if your child didnt get into your first choice primary school.

Ask yourself did you apply to the school nearest to you? Or one where your child already has an older sibbling?

If not did you apply to a school that has a good reputation and was therefore likely to receive more applications than it had spaces for?

If so ask yourself how you expect a school to place more children into a class than it has space for.

Getting the answer that it obviously cant, admit to yourself that applying to a school that was both further away than your closest one and likely to be oversubscribed always had the potential to lead to your child not getting it and unfortunately your child is now one of the ones that was invariably not going to get in.

Finally dont waste everyones time by appealing the decision but instead concentrate on preparing your child for the school that it has been allocated to. And please please please do not moan about it to the rest of us!

The ONLY people I have sympathy for in these situations are the ones that applied to their nearest school and didnt get it (possibly because people from further away who applied did get in) or for those who face having their youngest child not going to the same school as a sibling
Being pedandic I will point out that no. 7 isnt something a parent 'can do'. But if I could suggest some 'things' to do myself if your child didnt get into your first choice primary school. Ask yourself did you apply to the school nearest to you? Or one where your child already has an older sibbling? If not did you apply to a school that has a good reputation and was therefore likely to receive more applications than it had spaces for? If so ask yourself how you expect a school to place more children into a class than it has space for. Getting the answer that it obviously cant, admit to yourself that applying to a school that was both further away than your closest one and likely to be oversubscribed always had the potential to lead to your child not getting it and unfortunately your child is now one of the ones that was invariably not going to get in. Finally dont waste everyones time by appealing the decision but instead concentrate on preparing your child for the school that it has been allocated to. And please please please do not moan about it to the rest of us! The ONLY people I have sympathy for in these situations are the ones that applied to their nearest school and didnt get it (possibly because people from further away who applied did get in) or for those who face having their youngest child not going to the same school as a sibling garston tony
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4:15pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Robin10 says...

We know there is a shortage of places in Watford (predicted to be about 195 places short in 2015)

We need parents help to open a new school in the centre of Watford so we have more places next year.
If you can please support the St John's Church of England Primary School.

http://www.saintjohn
swatfordschool.org.u
k/index.php

If you have any questions about the school please get in touch
We know there is a shortage of places in Watford (predicted to be about 195 places short in 2015) We need parents help to open a new school in the centre of Watford so we have more places next year. If you can please support the St John's Church of England Primary School. http://www.saintjohn swatfordschool.org.u k/index.php If you have any questions about the school please get in touch Robin10
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8:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

Robin10 wrote:
We know there is a shortage of places in Watford (predicted to be about 195 places short in 2015)

We need parents help to open a new school in the centre of Watford so we have more places next year.
If you can please support the St John's Church of England Primary School.

http://www.saintjohn

swatfordschool.org.u

k/index.php

If you have any questions about the school please get in touch
Sounds really exciting.

Just asking exactly where - a street - do you have in mind for this safe environment with a green outdoor recreational space for young healthy minds and healthy bodies to play football or environmentally cycle to school?
[quote][p][bold]Robin10[/bold] wrote: We know there is a shortage of places in Watford (predicted to be about 195 places short in 2015) We need parents help to open a new school in the centre of Watford so we have more places next year. If you can please support the St John's Church of England Primary School. http://www.saintjohn swatfordschool.org.u k/index.php If you have any questions about the school please get in touch[/p][/quote]Sounds really exciting. Just asking exactly where - a street - do you have in mind for this safe environment with a green outdoor recreational space for young healthy minds and healthy bodies to play football or environmentally cycle to school? Cuetip
  • Score: 0

11:37am Sat 19 Apr 14

#UKMum says...

You can also comment on WBC's proposals to build even more houses in West Watford without offering the appropriate infrastructure.

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You can also comment on WBC's proposals to build even more houses in West Watford without offering the appropriate infrastructure. http://pa.watford.go v.uk/publicaccess/ap plicationDetails.do? activeTab=neighbourC omments&keyVal=N3CWZ 0QW0FJ00&neighbourCo mmentsPager.page=1 #UKMum
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