If you didn’t get the school you wanted this time round, don’t worry, here’s some of our top tips.
1. Find out what your exact distance is from your preferred schools in a straight line (Admissions can also give you this info).
2. Call admissions and check all the information they have for you is correct, then find out exactly where you are on the waiting lists, (you can move up or down on these lists).
3. Log an appeal. You will be asked to submit this online and then will receive a letter with dates of your appeal hearing. You’ll be asked to sit in front of a panel of (usually) 3 or 4 people to state your case. They will listen to what you have to say and then you will hear by post if you’ve been successful. Appeal here
4. Don’t panic! We got into our preferred school (despite a failed appeal) from a waiting list where we were 19th, there is always hope and there’s so much movement in the first few days.
5. Keep calling every few days for updates on waiting lists
6. Write everything down, phone calls, times etc
7. If you get to appeal stage, write a speech and read it out. I felt this helped so much when I was trying to talk through tears.
Here’s the breakdown of school places in 2017 in Warwickshire, you can see if you’re likely to get in and where there’s space.
Appeals for Reception (and year 3 entry if transferring to a Junior School) from September 2017
- Primary Offer Day – Tuesday 18 April 2017
- Deadline for lodging appeals – Monday 22 May 2017
- Appeals received by 22 May 2017 must be heard by Friday 21 July 2017
- Appeals received after 22 May 2017 will be heard by 21 July 2017 where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
The Siblings At The Same School Facebook Page also has useful info here