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Unhappy with your school allocation? Stephensons Solicitors LLP Offers Advice on Challenging the Decision

If you are unhappy with the primary school allocated to your child, Stephensons is advising that you ‘don’t panic’ as you can potentially challenge the decision.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE

Make sure that your child’s name is on the waiting list for any schools you applied for but did not get a place - your child’s application may be considered if there are changes to the admissions list.

If you are unhappy with the primary school allocated to your child, Stephensons is advising that you ‘don’t panic’ as you can potentially challenge the decision.

National Offer Day, that anxious and somewhat stomach churning time when parents find out whether their four-year-old is allocated that coveted place in their first or second choice school, has just occurred.

Given the ferocious competition for school places, the weeks following National Offer Day are understandably a worrisome time for parents who want nothing but the best possible start to their child’s education, and can be cause for concern for some parents who find out that their child has not been accepted into their school of choice. However, should this happen you can challenge the decision.

Mike Pemberton, a partner at Stephensons Solicitors LLP offers some quick advice tips: “With school reputations being at the forefront of many parents list of preferred schools, there is a possibility that some children will not have been successful. There may be a secondary choice which is acceptable and results in a child meeting their full potential, but in other cases the first piece of advice is ‘don’t panic’.

  • Seek professional advice first
  • You have options, but preserve your position by accepting the place which has been offered while you pursue them
  • Make sure that your child’s name is on the waiting list for any schools you applied for but did not get a place - your child’s application may be considered if there are changes to the admissions list
  • Ask the school or Admissions Authority where you are on the waiting list
  • Consider whether you should ask about vacancies at schools which were not on your application form

Failing these options, parents can appeal against their child’s primary school allocation by writing to the Admissions Authority within 40 days, however this appeal process can be a minefield to navigate. You need an experienced law firm to advise you and guide you through this difficult process. Stephensons is that law firm.

An appeal to the Admissions Authority will require expert legal representation, should you choose to go down the route of challenging your school allocation. Should you be unhappy with the allocation or feel that your child is placed in an overcrowded classroom, Stephensons has experts in the education law sector and can assist and advise parents on any issues regarding primary school allocation.

Visit http://www.stephensons.co.uk/site/individuals/education/school_admission_appeals/ for more information or call the expert team on 0333 344 4885 today.


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