I am one of the nervous parents anxiously awaiting National Offer Day on Monday 16th April to see whether my eldest has got into our first choice of First School.
Worcestershire County Council are responsible for issuing the offer on Monday and most people will be able to log into their online account at midnight to find the result. Others may have to wait for an email at some point during the day.
I receive an offer on my first choice schools
If you are happy with your child’s chosen school, you must respond to the offer, in line with the instructions on the offer letter. Local authorities will inform schools of the offers that have been accepted.
I did not receive an offer at my first choice school
If your child wasn’t given your first preference school, you will be sent an additional notification letter. The letter will provide detailed information about the outcome of your application and how you can appeal this, in line with your local authority.
In reception, Year 1 and Year 2, the class size is limited to 30. Your application therefore may have been turned down if all the classes in that school already have 30 children.
I am not happy with the school my child has been offered
You can either accept the school place you have been given or apply for other schools with places available (you can get a list from the local authority). This does not affect your right to appeal the decision of your preferred school, or to have your child on a waiting list for othercan also wait for the letter giving you the reason for refusal which will determine the grounds of appeal.
Appealing the decision
Your appeal is likely to be more successful if:
– The admission arrangements haven’t been properly followed.
– The admission criteria aren’t legal according to the school admissions appeal code.
– The decision to refuse your child a place wasn’t reasonable.
Information on the appeals process:
– The appeal will be heard between 20 and 40 days of notification of the decision to refuse a place.
– The appeal process usually runs as follows: the admission authority will put forward its case, you and panel can then ask questions, you put forward your case and the admission authority and panel can ask questions, both parties can then sum up their arguments.
– The panel will consider the lawfulness of the admission arrangements, whether any mistakes have been made and whether it was legally unreasonable to refuse your child a place. Panels will compare cases when deciding whether to grant a place.
– It is possible that the admission authority may hear multiple parents’ appeals at once.
– Once the panel has made their decision, there is no further right of appeal.
You should lodge your appeal by 30th April or your appeal may not be heard until later in the year.
For appealing your offer for Worcestershire schools see here for the information booklet
You can find more general information on the appeals process here
For admissions information in Worcestershire see here
Sources: Huffington Post; Gov.UK