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Secondary school places advice

Advice on secondary school applications Credit: PA

Thousands of children will be finding out today whether they have got into their first choice secondary school.

For some, there will be disappointment if they have missed out.

Here is some advice on what to do if your child did not get into their first choice secondary school:

  • Contact your local council for schools with places.
  • Get on the waiting list of any school which you put on your child's application form.
  • You can appeal the decision. Click here to find out how.
  • Put pressure on your local MP to open up more places.

Here is some advice from Bernadette John, The Good Schools Guide's SEN Director:


Ladypool Primary get the signing bug

Children at Ladypool Primary school in Birmingham have had a fun introduction to sign language through music.

The youngsters aged between five and eleven took part in a special performance called Sign2Singto raise money for deaf children and adults.

British Sign Language teacher Nicky Maloney taught the whole school to sing and sign the song 'Reach Out Your Hand' and it was filmed by Michael Scott, volunteer photographer for West Midlands Fire Service.

We’re so excited to be taking part. It's a fantastic way for children to learn how important communication is while having fun mastering a little sign language raising money to help improve the health of deaf people.

– Mrs Huda Ali Aslam, Headteacher
Watch Commander Alan Swift and colleagues joined the children in the performance Credit: Michael Scott/West Midlands Fire Service

The youngsters were joined by members of Highgate Red Watch at West Midlands Fire Service who were taught the song by Watch Commander Alan Swift who along with other firefighters have learned sign language to help them when when working with the deaf community.

The children are among thousands across the country who have been learning and performing the song this month.

All the money raised will be used by charity SignHealth to improve access to healthcare for people who have hearing loss.

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