The School Place Debacle!

Posted on 17th October 2011 in applying for a school place/ family/ schools/ secondary school

Who would of thought that sending a child to school could become so complicated? I didn’t, somewhat naively as it turns out as apparently it is very very hard indeed. Possibly even harder than splitting the atom.

Brief situational overview:

Child 1 – year 7 – currently at school in county A.

Child 2 – year 6 – currently at school in county A.

Family are living in county A and moving to county B but do not yet have a date for exchange of contracts.

For child 1 in county A, a mid-year out of county application must be made asap. We have been told it will be rejected and that we must then appeal and that we have a 50% chance of winning the appeal – if we can show school class is not ‘full’.

For child 2 in county A, a mid-year out of county application must be made asap and we have a good chance of getting into the school we would like.

For child 2 in county A, a year 7 place (for Sept 2012) in county B must also be applied for by the 31/10/11 – with proof of address in catchment in county B…

Admissions team at county B say we must apply through them.

Admissions team at county A say we must apply through them.

Ideas anyone?

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4 Comments

  • Reply onlydads 17th October 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I am not sure of this will help at all, but P moved school at a moments notice before the start of term. I too was told to “go to county”.

    I did – but they were beyond slow. In the end I went to the school directly, explained the situation, and got her a place.

    County actually wrote to me last week saying they now have a place for Preez. In the same school she has been at since the start of term!!

    Good luck.

    Bob x

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 17th October 2011 at 5:49 pm

      Wow! That is incredible. Does fill you with much confidence does it! Thanks for the suggestion I’ll see what the schools themselves say x

  • Reply Expat Mammy 17th October 2011 at 7:27 pm

    they’re enrolling for 2017 already here in Dubai it’s absured

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 17th October 2011 at 8:29 pm

      2017? *faints* that is mental! Makes you wonder how disorganised people ever manage to get their children into schools!

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