The School Appeal – aka catch 22

Posted on 7th November 2011 in appeal/ applying for a school place/ catch 22

So we now have a date for our school appeal, gulp.

This should in theory make me feel better but it doesn’t. It gives a single date in time where my childrens’ future is to be decided by strangers. It gives a date after which I have to abide by the decision of these strangers whether I agree with it or not.

If you’ve read The Great School Place Debacle then you’ll recall that my situation is a little complicated. However it turns out that there is absolutely no flexibility in the appeals procedure for our circumstances. You could almost believe that we were the first people ever to have done this – but of course we aren’t.

The school they have offered is just over 10 miles away from the house we are buying.

There is a school bus, but the nearest stop is 5 miles from the house we are buying.

The school we want is 0.4 of a mile away from the house.

In a nutshell:

– for the appeal, they will use maps showing that we live nearly 60 miles away (ie from my current address in another County) from both schools.

– in order for the address that we are moving to to be used in all their distance calcuations, we have to have exchanged contracts.

– we do not want to exchange contracts (and therefore be commited to buy) as if we lose the appeal then there is no point in us moving to that town.

That’s right – if we lose the appeal then we can’t even live in the TOWN that we want to live in because there are so few schools there. The only other school is just dragging itself out of special measures.

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  • Reply liveotherwise 7th November 2011 at 9:57 am


    • Reply CoffeeCurls 7th November 2011 at 10:01 am

      Do you know what, that pretty much sums it up!

  • Reply Sheila 7th November 2011 at 12:32 pm

    How awful for you. I cant believe they are doing that. I really hope you get the answer you want. Good luck

  • Reply Michelle Lawrence (@itsamumsworld) 7th November 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I totally understand how you feel, we moved from Bournemouth to Wiltshire on Sep 1st, so my husband could start a new job and also when our 4yo started Reception. We had a place at an outstanding school in Bournemouth, and didn’t want to give that up in case everything fell through with house and we had to live separately for a bit. At the same time though, we didn’t want to risk our daughter not having a school to go to if it didn’t fall through, and didn’t want to commit to buying a house unless we knew that there would be a school place (that we were happy with) nearby. Your daughter’s education is not something you’re prepared to leave to fate, especially when you and your husband are teachers!

    Although our closest school was full, we were lucky enough to stumble across another, which we absolutely adore. It’s not as far away as yours, but I totally understand your frustrations. We actually contacted the school directly and they told us that if we applied to the school we would be offered a place. Maybe that’s because we weren’t applying at the right time though. Thankfully for us it all worked out, I really really hope it does for you too. Sorry to waffle on! x

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 7th November 2011 at 4:57 pm

      I’m so glad your situation worked out. It is without doubt the most stressful thing I’ve ever done, I think because of how guilty it makes you feel. How far away is the school you went with? x

      • Reply Michelle Lawrence (@itsamumsworld) 8th November 2011 at 1:58 pm

        Just less than 2. I can see our closest school from the lounge window though, but now I’m really glad she goes to the one we chose. Good luck with it all. x

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