We moved house a week after the deadline for changing address (mid feb) but we had exchanged in time, only a week between exhanhing and completing. The Lea have just published how the places were allocated and had we been able to use our new address we would have got in. I don't want to appeal if we really haven't got a hope but just feel a little frustrated. They have said that I should be near the top of the waiting list but that there are usually a couple of late sibling applications that would be ahead of us. Don't find out waiting list position till 15 th may and think appeals have to be by 16th may.
Also would people move a child once they had already started a school?
I don't think an Infant class size appeal will work.
But I have known children leave each of my 3 DCs reception classes during he first term. One in the first week. (And it is a very popular and good school.). So yes people can give up their place at anytime, for a wide number of reasons.
That is what I thought. I don't really have a great reason for why my child should have a place there except that I really loved the school and had my heart set on his going there. They take 90 so hopefully there will be some movement before September.
People have to accept or decline their places by 1st may. Does anyone know what happens if you don't respond, do they chase you or or have you lost your place?
Sorry if this is a silly question but have you checked what the criteria is for determining which is your "permanent" address? In my area, if you're moving into the area, your "permanent" address i.e. the one they use to determine whether you're in catchment etc is your new address if you can demonstrate that you exchanged contracts before the deadline (and in that case, you are entitled to use your new address in the application).
What you need to check is what the admission criteria actually says about people moving house. Most admission authorities talk about change of residency, which is clearly about you moving from one home to another home. However for some authorities it is the date when you exchange contracts, so I would just double check that you are outside the time period. Obviously of you are outside the time period then any appeal will be an infant class size appeal as you have a PAN of 90 and without a mistake, you chances of success are minimal. The rules around accepting / declining places are that the admission authority have to give the parent another opportunity to respond. So normally they would write saying you need to respond within say 7 days or the place may be withdrawn.