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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.

T is for… Tossing A Coin #TheGallery

Posted on 2nd November 2011 in #thegallery/ appeal/ applying for a school place/ coin toss/ decisions/ relocation

This week, more than any other in my life, I have heard the expressions “well at least you are trying”, “can’t say you didn’t try” and “you know you tried” and then being looked at with a somewhat flummoxed expression when I say that sometimes just trying isn’t enough.

It has literally got to the point where the decisions are so big that in order to bring them down to size I am actually tempted to toss a coin.

Trouble is…both the coins above mean something to me – so how can I chose which one to toss?

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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