Families due to receive primary school offers

Over the past five years, Staffordshire County Council has added almost 8,000 primary and secondary school places, at a cost of £61 million.

In Dorset, 95.5 per cent of parents have received good news that their child has a place at their first choice of school.

The survey of more than 1,000 users of parent network Mumsnet took place ahead of today, when parents discover which primary school their child will attend.

Last year, 97.2% of four-year-olds in England were offered a place at one of their top three primary schools. This will be a combination of building brand new schools, and working with head teachers and governors on expanding existing schools where possible. The survey was open to all UK Mumsnet users with a child now attending a state-sector community school, free school or academy who are now in the first three years of primary, or who are home-schooled but applied for a primary school place in the last three years.

There's a lot of movement on school waiting lists, even with the most popular schools.

Appeals should be lodged within 20 school days of receiving the written refusal.

This is a reduction of over half since 2012 when 818 children were placed in a primary school they had not chosen.

If you applied on line you an check which school your child is going to here: https://admissions.wiltshire.gov.uk whilst those who applied by post will have their decision sent to them via post. Each decision will be made separately and you can only appeal once against each rejection.

Parents can accept a second-preference place and still appeal to the first-preference.

You'll find the deadline for making appeals on your local authority's website in the schools and education section. You may want to employ a solicitor or member of a schools appeals organisation to help.

You must appeal against each rejection separately. You'll need to contact your local authority to find out where there may still be places, although these may be some distance away from your home.

Accept the school place your child has been offered.

If your child hasn't got into your preferred school, here's what you can do.

Once you have done this, put your child's name down on waiting lists for other schools you like.

Your child can be on more than one waiting list at a time.

The panel's decision is binding and can only be overturned by a court.

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