Primary School National Offer Day – Did your child get the place you wanted?

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Whether you are new to the school application process and have applied for the first school place for your first born or  for them to transition from infant to junior school, or you have done it all before, until you get that email or letter confirming the offer of your child’s school place, it can be a nerve wracking time.

Fortunately, the vast majority of children are offered a place at one of their top three preferred schools even if not their top choice.

Is there anything you can do when your child is not offered one of your top choice schools?

The short answer is yes, you have the right to appeal the decision.  Check the email or letter from the Admission Authority setting out the decision as this should contain all the details you need to appeal the decision including the reason why admission was refused.

Will your appeal succeed? 

That’s not so easy to answer.

You need to look carefully at:

  • whether the admission criteria complied with legal requirements
  • whether the admission criteria were correctly followed
  • The reasons for choosing the school including what that school can offer your child which other schools do not.

There are strict deadlines by which to submit an appeal so make sure you are well prepared.  If you are appealing the decision to refuse your child a place at more than one school, you will need to submit an appeal for each school.

Who decides your appeal?

Your appeal will then be listed for hearing before an Independent Panel.  At this time, these are being held remotely.  You will be given at least 10 school days notice of the hearing and will be informed of the Panel’s decision whether to allow the appeal within 5 school days of the hearing.

How can we help?

We can talk you through the legal requirements and whether the admission criteria were correctly followed.  We can also explore your reasons for choosing the school and the balancing exercise as to whether the school would suffer greater prejudice if your child were admitted or your child would suffer greater prejudice if they were not admitted.

We can help you draft your appeal document for submission

We can advise you what to expect at the Appeal hearing and can arrange for you to be legally represented if you wish.

Consult our expert education law solicitors about challenging your child’s school offer

At IBB Law, we are passionate about making sure children get the very best education. We know just how critical the right school can be for children, both during their education and for their future.

Our education law solicitors have extensive experience helping families to get children into their preferred schools. IBB Law Consultant Salima Mawji has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in education law, so we can provide assurance that your child’s educational opportunities are defended effectively.

We offer an initial consultation for a fixed fee of £250 + VAT to discuss your child’s situation and provide clear, practical advice on your options if you are unhappy with the school place  offered. This consultation can take place over the phone or via video conferencing to suit you.

To book your initial consultation or to find out more about how we can help with making sure your child gets the education they deserve, please contact Salima Mawji.