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Nanj4 Mon 27-Jul-15 13:03:38

Hi, has anyone experienced moving to a new area and no primary school place for their child. This has happened to us, we moved in February, no luck. Each week phoning to be told she is no2 on the list, then We were told 2/3 weeks ago to reapply for next year, which we have. We have received a letter today saying there are no places for our daughter. We tried to register her before we moved and were told you have to move in before you can apply for a school, so how does this all work out. No tutors or school book have been referred for our Grand-daughter. If we took her out of school we would be fined!!!!! Has anyone experienced this or any advice please.

IonaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 27-Jul-15 21:46:21

Hi OP, We're going to move this thread over to Primary Education for you where there should be lots of people ready with good advice. Best of luck with your situation. MNHQ

Inkymess Mon 27-Jul-15 22:56:37

How far have you moved? Is DC in school now? The LA will need to find you a school at some point

zipzap Mon 27-Jul-15 23:35:40

One of the things I've seen suggested on here is to report yourself to the council for not sending your dc to school...

Somewhere along the line, if you've moved, they can't find you a school place and it's in the middle of the school year, they seem to conveniently drop you off their radar and make bland statements about assuming that you're going to be HE your dc while you wait for a place and that they're doing all they can - but because you once mentioned that you'd be helping your dc in the interim (before you ever dreamed it would take quite so long!) because you're a nice parent and they've ticked the HE box and so don't bother any more... (over simplification I know, but you get the gist!)

Anyhow, speak to the person at the council who is the one responsible for non-attendees. Although most of the people s/he deals with will be truants or those that are long term sick, she should also be able to help people like you that have a dc who wants a space and isn't being given one. If your dc had been given a space somewhere and you hadn't taken her to school for months, they would be on your back in moments.

Somebody on a different thread had been trying to find a space for their child for months - with no joy. Talking to this person at the council and their child was in school a week later.

Have you tried registering at more than one school and getting onto different lists?

It's also worth talking to your local councillor and/or MP - they shouldn't be able to just say 'sorry, no spaces, no education'. They might have to fork up for transport for her - and she might end up going to a school that's further away than you'd have liked or one that you didn't want her to go to because it's in special measures on the other side of the area - but they're supposed to find a space for her somewhere!

Good luck...

tiggytape Tue 28-Jul-15 10:27:03

It is completely unacceptable for them to offer no place at all.
Is this definitely what has happened? No school at all? Or is it a case that you have offered no local school or no listed school? Because that is a different matter.

It is perfectly possible to move area and for every local and / or desirable school to be full up. In those cases the council must still find the child a place but it might be 3 or 4 miles away from home or it might be an Ofsted Special Measures school (or both) and the council must fund transport if it is too far away.

If absolutely no offer at all has been received (even one you hate and cannot get to) then you should write to the council admissions team (email is fine) demanding that a place be offered as quickly as possible and reminding them that the child has been out of education for 5 months. It needs resolving now and the council cannot just ignore this. It also needs chasing (by email and phone) daily at this stage.

If you have turned down an initial offer then you are more on their own. You can still ask the council to help but must also look at applying to other schools direct and considering going to appeal for as many as you can too.

bingandflop Tue 28-Jul-15 13:20:36

I thought they legally HAD to give children a place even if its a carp school or nightmare journey? ??

bingandflop Tue 28-Jul-15 13:21:15

Crap not carp. . Damn predictive text!

tiggytape Tue 28-Jul-15 13:45:11

Yes they do. They are obliged to offer a school place.
Some parents though don't like what's offered and turn it down thinking this will force the council to produce a better offer and that's when they can come unstuck. The council need only find a school place. Not necessarily a good school place. Or a local one. Or even one within a few miles or so.

If the council has made no offer, OP has every right to demand one. And quickly. It has been far too long already. If they come up with nothing, she'd need to take it to the LGO and lodge a formal complaint to force them to act but in the meantime she should be in frequent contact with the council and nag and nag them to get this resolved.

If however she was offered a place that she didn't like and refused it, the onus shifts back to her to sort out a place. The council will help if they can but she'd also need to look at all other options too.

tethersend Tue 28-Jul-15 18:51:32

How old is your child? Which school year are they in?

Millymollymama Wed 29-Jul-15 11:27:50

Is this your daughter or grand-daughter, OP? This is obviously a late application for a place, as the move took place in February, so I would be searching on the Local Authority's Education web site to see if any school still has a place. My LA maintains lists of schools with vacancies. Obviously a visit is now out of the question before September but at least some research could be done to see if the school(s) with a vacancy is suitable. There might be someone answering emails in the holidays.

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