The School Appeal – aka 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.