Heartbreak or happiness on National Offers Day?
It’s National Offer Day, a big day for many parents and children across England and Wales who find out whether they’ve got a place at a school of their choice today! There will be sighs of relief for some but disappointment for others.
It’s a tense time for families if there’s a child about to start secondary school! And you’re not alone if your child has failed to get into their first-choice school. As the BBC reports, parents in many parts of England are finding it harder to get their child into a secondary school they want, analysis of government data suggests. Most of the country's towns and counties saw a fall last year in the proportion of pupils getting a place at their first-choice school.
Analysis of Department for Education (DfE) data by the Press Association suggests that last year, 80 out of 151 local councils (53%) saw a drop in the proportion of children given their first choice of secondary school compared with the year before. Meanwhile, 68 authorities (45%) saw a fall in the proportion offered one of their overall preferences in 2016.
It’s important to remember, though, that you can still appeal if you’re not happy. Parents are advised to accept an offer at one school but to immediately get your name on the waiting list of your desired school. The 'Notice of Appeal' form you need to use to appeal a decision should be included with your letter from the local authority and there's normally a deadline, so make sure you familiarise yourself with it and start proceedings ASAP.
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