Haven't got the school you want? It happened to us.
And here's what you should do now...
Updated for 2013 Nationwide & Hertfordshire versions.
If you're not happy about the school you've been allocated, don't get mad, get even. Go to appeal, and fight back. Three in ten parents will win their appeal, but you'll need to be prepared for battle. So buy the school appeals guide that the Daily Mirror said has "good tips". It's just £6.49 and the appeal advice will guide you through the difficult months ahead.
You’re about to enter into combat with the admission authority – that’s the school’s governing body, Trust, or Local Authority. Keep detailed records from now on of any phone calls, letters, emails etc.
Be focused about your grounds for appeal. Your childminder’s schedule is irrelevant. But how about your child’s particular needs? Compile as much written evidence as possible.
Remember, you’re appealing for a particular school, not against the one you’ve been offered. It’s pointless ranting on about how awful a school is – and you’ll only get the panel’s backs up.
Keep calm during the appeal hearing, but don’t worry if you cry – you want the panel to see how important this is for your family.
Arm yourself with SchoolGuru’s Beat-the-System Guide to School Appeals to give yourself the best chance of winning your appeal.
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