Parents across England find out today which primary school their children will be placed in, via a letter from their local authority, but some may be disappointed with the result.
“The stress and pressure that parents experience when the national offer day arrives is often overwhelming," education law specialist from Match Solicitors, Anita Chopra told ITV London.
Specialists from Match Solicitors have drawn up some top tips to help parents know what to do if their child does not get into the school they had hoped:
1. Don't panic. Help is at hand
2. It is important to place your child on the waiting list of your preferred school as soon as possible
3. Consider lodging an appeal. Before doing so, it would be advisable to seek assistance on the merits of an appeal
4. If you lodge an appeal, ensure that your Grounds of Appeal and any supporting evidence is as detailed as possible
5. Consider accepting the school you have been offered so that your child is not without education
6. Although it can be daunting, familiarise yourself with the School Admission Appeals Code 2012 prior to preparing your appeal and attending a hearing
7. Know that you can have (legal) representation (should you require it) at the appeal hearing.
For more guidance and assistance with the process, visit their website.