Very confused as moving to new area possibly to be near mum with cancer All local schools full for son who needs year 2 place apart from one. So that's fine, little drive not too far however they are full for reception starting this year for other son. They can add him to waiting list but we would only have until January to play with as he is born September. What I don't understand is that they have 45 children for the reception intake, 22 in one class and 23 in another so surely that's under the agreed ratio of 30? Where it he's confusing is that year 1 and year 2 are then mixed together making 3 classes of 30 so that's where taking him would exceed the number. So how would an appeal work? Confused ;(
I agree, an appeal wouldn't work. The PAN for the school is 45. Unless you can prove that the Local Authority has made a mistake in their admissions process, I can't see that you have any case for going to Appeal.
As others have said, this would be an infant class size appeal. That is because, although they can admit your son to Reception without causing problems, it would lead to an oversize class when he is in Y1 and Y2 unless someone leaves. This means you can only win if:
- the admission arrangements do not comply with the law and/or the Admissions Code and this has cost your son a place, or
- there has been a mistake in administering the admission arrangements and this has cost your son a place, or
- the decision to refuse admission to your son was unreasonable (the bar for which is very high - the decision must be irrational)
It sounds like you have applied outside the normal admissions round which means it is unlikely any of these grounds apply. It is still worth trying an appeal. You won't lose anything by doing so and you may strike it lucky, but your chances of success are low.