Moving house and late application to primary - advice please!(3 Posts)
I wonder if anyone can advise?
Were in the process of selling up with a view to moving to Surrey (Staines/Egham area). Its taken months but things are finally moving. As it currently stands we have a preference form completed with our current LA for 4yo DS and we get the allocations on Friday. IF all goes to plan and we move, it should hopefully happen around end of May/beginning of June.
Ive been in contact with Surrey County Council and they say I can do one of two things:
a)go through our current LA and change our preferences to Surrey schools Im reluctant to do this as obviously nothing is certain until weve completed our sale and Im loathe to do anything that could potentially take him off the system here. If our sale falls through which has happened to us before were probably staying here for the foreseeable and hell need a school!
b)Wait until weve moved and then apply to the schools in our new area. This seems the sensible option, but Im very aware that the later we leave it, the further down the waiting lists hell be (if he isnt allocated a place immediately that is).
Has anyone any experience of moving at this time of year? What will happen if there arent any places? I know he can go on the writing lists but say no place ever comes up how far away can he realistically end up? If, say, there was no available place within 5 miles what would the LA do? I dont drive and anything over a couple of miles is going to start incurring significant public transport costs. Is there a cut off point at which it becomes an unreasonable distance for them to expect a child to travel to school?
Sigh. It would have been so nice to have had this sorted months ago, but such is life!!
Any advice or knowledge on this would be most welcome!
You sound like you have been given good advice and your decision to go with option b) is best since the house move isn't 100% definite yet.
Once you move to Surrey, you can apply to schools you would like. If any of them has a space (and nobody is above you on the list) you will be allocated a place.
If none of them has spaces, you will be alloacted the nearest available school with a place. If this is more than 2 miles away, you will be eligible for free transport for your child.
If none of the schools in a reasonable distance has a place, there are emergency measures that can be used to force a full school to take you. But this only applies if every single school in the area is full and it will be the council who picks the school that can best cope with an extra pupil.
Reasonable distance is not strictly defined but it is generally accepted that anything upto an hour each way would be reasonable. Again though, more than 2 miles would make him eligible for free transport.
Sorry for the late reply; that's really helpful and has cleared a few things up. Now to see what happens!!
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