Oversubscribed school appeals

School admissions can be a particularly nail biting experience for parents who want to get their children into the best school possible and the best school closest to where they live. If a child is denied a place in a school on the grounds of oversubscription, this can be even more distressing.

Often, parents are under the impression that their location to a school will automatically dictate as to whether their child can attend their first choice of school. Unfortunately this is not the case as current legislation only allows parents and guardians to exercise their entitlement to state their preferences of school rather than entitling their child a place at any particular school.

In short, no child is guaranteed a place at any school regardless of their location.

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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 certain criteria but is not allowed to admit more students than there are places. These 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, Stephensons can help you appeal to the appropriate admissions authority.

An appeal to an oversubscribed school can be a particularly complex case as you will need to prove that your child’s academic progress or wellbeing will suffer if they are not allowed to go to your chosen school e.g. if a sibling attends that particular school or if the school assigned is too far away from where they live.

Making an appeal

All parents and guardians are entitled to make an appeal against an oversubscribed school, but as the process can be particularly in depth we would recommend that you contact a member of our education law team before launching an appeal. Our specialist team of education law solicitors can make arrangements to present your case in writing or by legal representation at a hearing.

We can guide you through the whole process and effectively build a case against the decision to exclude your child from your school of choice.

If you would like more information on appealing against an oversubscription ruling, contact the expert education law solicitors at Stephensons today by calling us on 0175 321 5096 or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

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