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To live next door to a school and be declined a place.

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user1483804139 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:24:31

So we recently moved to the area. We happen to live next door to the school we would like to move our DD to. They refused a place because of the ancient rule of 30 to a class. She's on a waiting list, but for how long, I don't know. We appealed but still lost. I'm just tired of having to be out the house even earlier to drive past a school to get her to the one in another town. There's another school which is about a 10 minute walk away which I'm thinking of applying for but so dissapointed that we can't get her in next door.

EastMidsMummy Thu 19-Jan-17 13:25:27

It's full. YABU.

SittingDrinkingTea Thu 19-Jan-17 13:30:29

Class size of 30 isn't an 'ancient rule', I was at primary in the 80s and 36 to a class was standard in my state primary.

TellMeHowToLiveMyLife Thu 19-Jan-17 13:30:35

Did you not check whether there was space at the school before you moved?

Steviea88 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:30:42

I moved opposite a school 2 months ago.
Was the only school I put on our application although it was full for her year group, we were told we were top of the list should a place arise. Luckily for us at the time no other school within our catchment had availability and so the council Had to allocate a school and gave us the one we wanted.
DD was off school for 3 weeks whilst we waited for a place at a school.

My friend had the same and they found her a place at a school a 5 minute drive away and said to her of course she can appeal but unless it's on medical grounds she didn't stand much of a chance.

I guess I was just luckily but unfortunately if the school doesn't have the space to take more children in and there is a space at a school within your catchment area there isn't much you can do except stay on the waiting list.

The only way you would get a space is if another child leaves.

mouldycheesefan Thu 19-Jan-17 13:32:58

Unfortunately when you move you only get a place at the school if there is room. Not sure why you appealed as you had no grounds. You are surely high on waiting list? So it won't be for ever.

Lunar1 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:33:16

It's full and you're on the waiting list, what else can they do?

SparkleShinyGlitter Thu 19-Jan-17 13:33:39

So you recently moved in and because you live next to the school you think your some how entitled to a place. Why?

The school is full so that's that.

Your next available school is 10 minutes walk you say so I'm sure your cope! Why haven't you applied to that school already?

mouldycheesefan Thu 19-Jan-17 13:33:39

Sorry, I forgot to say YABU but it is disappointing for you

AllTheBabies Thu 19-Jan-17 13:33:54

Well if it's full, it's full. There isn't anything to be done but wait until you are allocated a place.

PaulAnkaTheDog Thu 19-Jan-17 13:34:14

Well they can't exactly boot a kid out so someone closer can go there. What's wrong with a ten minute walk? That's absolutely nothing compared to a lot, in fact probably the majority, of people. Ds school is 13 minutes away and I classify that as us being close.

mouldycheesefan Thu 19-Jan-17 13:34:25

Yes extreme lucky that the other school is only ten mins walk away!

Brokenbiscuit Thu 19-Jan-17 13:35:14

YANBU to feel frustrated, OP. I would feel the same in your situation. Yes, the school is full. Doesn't mean that you can't be annoyed about it.

user1484317265 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:36:13

They refused a place because of the ancient rule of 30 to a class

Don't be daft. It's a sensible rule, you can't just keep adding to a class whenever another kid comes along.

Ten minutes walk is nothing, count yourself lucky you have another school you can get into!

MummyToThree479 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:36:31

So you move there and think your just be entitled to a place? Why? Are you the queen?

Why haven't you already applied for the other school that is 10 minutes walk away? confused is 10 minutes too far to walk these days?

The school is full, it's a shame but it's full deal with it

Niskayuna Thu 19-Jan-17 13:36:46

This is the risk of moving house. You go on the waiting list. You don't get to pretend it's Admission-to-Reception season.

Yes, 30 to a class. A rather good 'ancient' rule. You'd be the first to complain if you little darling 31st kid was joined by 6 other classmates.

If simply moving next door to a school and applying long after admission was over was a surefire way into the most desired primary schools, don't you think everyone would do it?

ArcheryAnnie Thu 19-Jan-17 13:37:39

You can't squeeze a quart into a pint pot! YABU if it's full.

Me, I applied to the state primary next door to us and couldn't get in because we were of the wrong faith. Now that pissed me off.

You will get in, eventually, when a space becomes available. They can hardly turf an existing pupil out just for your DD.

bibbitybobbityyhat Thu 19-Jan-17 13:38:02

Are you being unreasonable about what?

user1483387154 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:38:47

YABU The class is full and you are on the waiting list. It is not their fault that there is no current place for your child

MirandaWest Thu 19-Jan-17 13:39:49

What year is your DD in?

myfavouritecolourispurple Thu 19-Jan-17 13:40:16

Keep her on the waiting list. A spot will come up eventually.

user1483804139 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:41:20

Well, I consider it an ancient rule these days. Considering they are building a load of new family homes, yet nothing is ever done to make more room for children.

To the op who asked if we checked if there was a place before we moved, no, we didn't move to the area purely for the school.

I'm fully aware there's nothing they can do and I appealed anyway because I think its daft. Why not make more room to accommodate the ever expanding population. It's obviously just annoying when I have to get in the car and drive to a different town. I've applied for the other school now. The school she's at atm is fine but only an infants.

user1483804139 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:41:47

Miranda, year 1

Starlight2345 Thu 19-Jan-17 13:41:55

My DS's local school is a 20 minute walk ..So you won't get much sympathy for a 10 minute walk...There are people whose children have to get a taxi to school as that is closest place.

The ancient 30 per class rule is really good for infants.. I am pleased it is there.

What is your AIBU question?

BarbarianMum Thu 19-Jan-17 13:41:56

Well at least it is because it's full. My friend lives next door (literally) to her local primary school but can't get her children in because they're not Catholic. So she has a half hour walk to the next school along with them instead.

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