Your local authority will notify you by email on Monday, March 1 to let you know which school place you've been offered. You can also find out through the Local Authority’s (LA) online education portal. Your offer will be the highest preference school on your list that can give your child a place
If you do not receive an email on offer day, check your junk folder.
Great news! Usually, you will need to complete a form to confirm that you accept the school place offered. Then simply wait for the school to be in touch with a welcome pack over the summer term.
Firstly, don’t panic as you have several options.
Whatever you decide, you should accept the school place that you've been offered to ensure that your child has a guaranteed school place; this will not affect your appeal. Each LA has a deadline for accepting your offer; this is typically around 10 days after National Offer Day.
Your position on this list will depend on the school admissions policy and, if a place becomes available, the child who’s first on the waiting list will be offered the place. Remember that there is often quite a bit of movement before September, so places do become available.
Priority is not given to children based on the date their application was received or their name was added to the waiting list.
You can check your child’s position on a waiting list on the LA’s education portal.
You have a legal right to appeal to any of the schools on your original application. Each LA has a deadline for submitting appeals, which is typically the end of March.
The local authority must give you at least 10 school days’ notice of the appeals hearing, and this must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for making an appeal. There will be a panel of three or more people at an appeal hearing, where the local authority will explain why they turned down your application. You’ll then be given the opportunity to explain why your child should be admitted to your chosen school.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, appeals may take place by phone, video conferencing, or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing
If the school’s admission criteria were not properly followed and/or your reasons for your child to be admitted outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting any more children, your appeal will be upheld.
You will be notified of the appeal hearing’s decision within five days.
If you have accepted a place for your child at an independent fee-paying school, moved areas, or opted for home education, then you can decline the offer of a school place. You must inform the local authority of your decision and confirm which school your child will be going to in September.
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If you missed the application deadline because you have only just moved to the area, your application will be considered in the second allocation round of secondary school places. This includes all children on waiting lists and new applications received between January 1 and March 15, 2021.