Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy with School Offer? Here's What to Do

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy with School Offer? Here's What to Do

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Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter hannah.graham@ncjmedia.co.uk

YESTERDAY, families across the country found out which secondary school they'll be sending their child to come September.

But if the offer you've been given is disappointing, what can you do? There are a few steps parents are advised to take, so here's what you should do next: ACCEPT THE INITIAL OFFER You can still appeal or put yourself on the waiting list for another school after you've accepted a place at the one you've been offered.

According to Newcastle City Council, this means it's best to make sure your child has a guaranteed school place before you try to get them the place you would prefer.

The fact that you've accepted a place won't harm your chances at appeal, or on the waiting lists of other schools.

GET ON A WAITING LIST Contact the admissions team at the school or schools you would prefer, and ask to be put on their waiting list.

Many children do get places from waiting lists after the first allocation of places, so there is a definite chance that this will help. In some areas, children are placed on waiting lists automatically, but it's worth checking whether or not that is the case for you.

Bear in mind that waiting lists are usually complied based on the school's admissions priorities, not on a first-come, first-served basis.

This means that it won't necessarily ruin your chances if you haven't got in contact with the school immediately but, on the other hand, simply getting yourself on the list early won't guarantee you'll be at the top.

Have a read through your chosen school's oversubscription criteria, published on their website, to get a realistic idea of your chances.

Getting on a waiting list is a separate process to appealing, and the two processes won't affect each other.

THINK ABOUT APPEALING You have the right to appeal if you think there is a good reason that your child should attend a particular school where they have been refused a place, or if you believe something has gone wrong in the admissions process. …

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