Hi we just found out today that DS has got the 4th choice school. Reasons for not wanting this place are that DDs middle school is in the opposite direction so they will be at schools 2 miles apart. Also all of his friends from preschool will be going to a mix of the other 3 schools. We are under a mile away from all three but just out judging by the data from last years admissions. The school we have been offered is not good. I want to appeal but I'm not sure on what grounds
I don't know of any preschools that guarantee a place at infants. There are approx 45 children on the roll at my daughter's preschool (split between morning and afternoon groups of 20-odd each), but attached primary has an intake of 30.
If it says "to" I'd agree with PatriciaHolm re class sizes for Y1 and Y2.
It is rare for a pre-school to give priority for admission to Reception. It should never offer a guarantee. Looked after children and children with a statement naming the school will always come ahead of everyone else so, even if children from pre-school come next, they may not all get places.
As PatriciaHolm says, with two classes and 60 children in each of Y1 and Y2 this will definitely be an ICS case. It doesn't matter that Reception can take more pupils before hitting the class size limit. The panel is not allowed to assume that some pupils will leave before Y1, so if Reception has more than 60 pupils the infant class size limit will be breached when they move into Y1.