Withdrawal of sibling place - advice?

(8 Posts)
VivienneWestwood Sat 13-Jun-15 09:59:42

We have applied for and accepted a sibling place for DC1 at our local community primary, where DC2is educated. This week we were approached by the private school where DC3 attends and offered a free place for DC2 (based on DC3's excellent progress since joining). This has come as a huge surprise and we are very interested in taking up this wonderful opportunity for DC2, but if we move from the state primary in July, will we lose our sibling place for DC1? We have had a genuine change in circumstances and are agonising on what to do. Has anyone been through anything similar and can offer advice?

RandomMess Sat 13-Jun-15 10:03:53

So DC1 is the eldest or the youngest???

VivienneWestwood Sat 13-Jun-15 10:36:36

Forgot to include we would have qualified for the primary place on distance but applied on sibling basis as that was the case when we applied.

VivienneWestwood Sat 13-Jun-15 10:37:29

Dc1 is the youngest, DC3 the oldest.

AuntieStella Sat 13-Jun-15 10:41:13

That's an inversion of the normal way it's used on MN, and may lead to confusion.

When would DC2 start at the private school? As most break up in the first week in July, I think it's unlikely they'd want more than a settle day or two before the summer.

How oversubscribed is the current primary? Do you happen to know if there is a waiting list for places in DC2's year group?

VivienneWestwood Sat 13-Jun-15 10:53:03

Dc2 would start Sept 2015. The primary is oversubscribed but I don't know about waiting list for DC2's year.

tiggytape Sat 13-Jun-15 11:32:16

Forgot to include we would have qualified for the primary place on distance but applied on sibling basis as that was the case when we applied.

You don't apply on a single basis. You simply apply for a place.
You give the council all the details they need to make a decision about whether you qualify, your address usually and any siblings attending the school.

You qualified immediately because your child had a sibling. Had that not been the case you would have still qualified on the next criteria based on address. Therefore you cannot lose that place.
If you lived 4 miles from the school and were dependent on the sibling link to get the next child in then yes, that could potentially raise problems but as the child qualified in their own right by virtue of your address not just having a sibling, then the place is safe.

RandomMess Sat 13-Jun-15 13:35:31

You don't need to inform the school he is leaving until the first day of term in September anyway.

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