I will have missed the deadline for Sept 2013 Primary school admissions for dd1. What happens if all the school places are taken? Do the LEA help? Or do I have to lobby schools myself?
Also, we don't know exactly where we'll be living yet so I guess no school will give us a place now even if there was one available.
I know I'm being a bit wet behind the ears! Online (have looked at Good schools guide) said this is a hard situation and I will have to make do with where ever they can offer. This makes me nervous as I need to be able to walk as don't have a car.
There must be someone who has been through this or knows how to tackle this.
Would really appreciate some advice from those who have been there!
Thanks Maybe, I've had a quick read and it looks like after 16 April I can apply late.
Only trouble is I won't have an address in Suffolk until July/August time.
I wonder if they'll consider my situation afterwards? Mil has told me I can home- school but I don't think that's really my skill set. I will if I have to but am really hoping I can squeeze dd in somewhere.
If you've missed the closing date for Reception places you will need to contact the local authority to find you a place for September and you will have far less choice.
Some of the town's primary schools will be full, with parents also having been to appeal by then. There will be a place somewhere, but maybe not at what would be your first choice or catchment area school if it is Bury itself you move to. But it is worth going on waiting lists as there is movement.
I don't know if you've thought where you want to live. We used to live in a village just outside the town and were very pleased with the village school.
Sorry, Maybe. Dd2 has been ill & kept me busy! We don't need to be living in town but as I don't have a car/drive I need to be able to walk dd1 to school. If a village had a decent bus service I could do that. The trouble is not knowing Suffolk at all makes this so hard. We only found out about the relocation last week so feeling a bit thrown. I think I will be ringing the LA and see what they can advise. Thank you for your help.
Hope DD2 is better soon. There are some very nice villages around Bury. I found it a bit of a shock compared to SE as many have no shop, PO, library, etc. and bus routes are variable. So check that carefully or you could feel very isolated.