Move child's school?(4 Posts)
How any people actually do this once their child has started at their allocated school.
Have just found out that my child was number 65 for 60 places for our local school.
We are out of catchment but not by much. There were 42 catchment children, 16 out of catchment siblings & then 2 out of catchment children. Last distance was just over 0.16 miles. We are 0.25 miles.
I had hoped we would be higher ranked but assuming the 4 children ahead of us go on waiting list & no one else huger priority come along she will be 5th on waiting list.
So realistically no chance before Sept.
Getting my head roundabout that & will go with an open mind to her allocated school (previous failing but now academy & rated as good). I would still like her to go to local school as I think walking to school playing with friends nearby is important (her school is 1.5 miles away)
So my thought are to move her if a place does become available. This would need to be in 1st 3 years as she has a younger brother due to start in 2019.
I'm sure he would get in on the out of catchment sibling Rule & even if that changes he would get in on distance.
But how disruptive is it to move a child?
I know I'm thinking ahead of myself but I need to get everything straight in my head as I was extremely shocked & disappointed when she never got any of our preferences or catchment.
But I am slowly feeling better with things & actually been ranked 6th is possibly better than 6 1st as I would always be waiting for a phone call or email.
You'd have to move by early y2 in order to submit an application for dc2 in January 2018 as a sibling. I'm sure places do come up and it is possible those ahead will turn a place down once they are settled elsewhere.
I'm a reception class teacher and mum of three.
Firstly be assured that waiting lists are very fluid. They change constantly and I've known children be offered places the day before school starts. Fifth on the waiting list actually isn't bad at all - though I know it feels like the end of the world at the moment.
As to children moving schools once school has started. Lots of children have come to the school I teach in after failing to get into any of their choices but, out of all those children, only one has moved to a preferred school later on and that was purely because of a distance consideration.
I've had some right grumpy parents at initial 'meet the teacher' meetings who, understandably, are fed up that they didn't get any of their choices but within a few weeks they are already saying how happy they are and that things have actually worked out really well.
Just keep getting updates on the waiting list and take it from there. Good luck!
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