Monday 01 March 2021 is this year’s national offer day for secondary school admission applications when parents and pupils receive the decision on whether they have been successful in their choice of preferred secondary school. Natalie Tolley in our...
More popular schools will often receive a great deal more applications from parents than there are places available. This is known as oversubscription. When a school receives more applications than there are places available, the school must review each application as per the policy determined for the school. The relevant policy is set by the admission authority and should be displayed on the school website. The criteria will invariably differ from school to school.
If you feel that your child has been unfairly refused a place in their first choice of school, our solicitors can help you appeal to the appropriate admissions authority. This can happen when complete information has not been provided on the initial application, or there has been a change in circumstances which although communicated was not considered in the allocation process.
Our team has successfully represented parents who moved house and advised of this before the application window closed, but the information was not updated on the admissions system by the authority.
An appeal to an oversubscribed school can be a particularly complex case as you will need to show that the admissions criteria has not been applied correctly and then show that our child’s academic progress or wellbeing will suffer if they are not allowed to go to your chosen school in a way that outweighs any difficulties the school would have admitting them as an additional pupil. e.g. if a sibling attends that particular school or if the school assigned is too far away from where they live.