Mike Pemberton, partner and head of the civil liberties & public law team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, specialises in education law and has provided assistance and representation to parents and children who have been unsuccessful in the past. He...
Every parent will have experienced the angst of applying for a school place for their child (although surprisingly, some parents do not realise that an application has to be made for their child to progress from the nursery at the school to the reception class) and the associated worry of whether their placement will be the one which they wanted.
When you consider that the initial allocation is going to have an effect on the next seven years of key stage one and two; or five years of high school leading to GCSE examinations and qualification – it is not surprising that the admissions process can be stressful.
In reception and Infant classes the law states that there can only be 30 children per qualified teacher in a class unless there are exceptional circumstances.