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Education specialist reminds parents of the admission deadline

Education specialist at national law firm reminds parents of the upcoming high school admissions deadline.

With record numbers of children applying for next year’s high school places, competition for preferred schools is on the rise. Mike Pemberton, a partner at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, is reminding parents to submit their child’s high school admission application by October 31st.

Notifications on whether a child’s application has been successful will be sent out on Secondary National Offer Day on March 2nd 2015.

However statistics released earlier this year showed that on average one in seven children failed to get into their first school of choice.

Mike Pemberton said: “With school reputations being at the forefront of many parents list, there can be fierce competition when applying for high school places at this time of year. Parents generally have a right to express their preference of schools and there is a duty on the relevant school admissions authority to meet this preference unless this would cause prejudice. It is crucial that applications provide as much information as possible so that the admissions criteria can be accurately applied.

“If you are unsuccessful then there is a right of appeal which will look at whether the policy has been applied correctly and whether any prejudice would be caused if your child was to be admitted to the school.”

Schools have to publish their appeal procedures by February 28th 2015 and allow at least 20 school days after the decision is provided to appeal.


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