Im new to MN so i apologise in advance for any mistakes.
Essentially, I wonder if MN can help me with primary school application query.
I have applied for a reception place with our current local authority within the required timescales but since then our house move has kicked off and if all goes well we should complete by end of April. This means that we will move to a new local authority.
I have contacted both authorities to ask how I should proceed to ensure that my child has a place in the area we are moving to but I appear to be receiving conflicting advise.
In one instance, I was told to apply through the current authority and on the other hand I have been advised to apply for a place once I've moved. In either case, our application will be treated as late.
Of course, there is a chance that we do not complete and that we will not therefore move within the above mentioned timescales however, if everything does proceed I want to make sure my child has a place in our new area in September.
Has anyone gone through this and if so, is there any experience or advice they could provide on how to get the best outcome?
Your key problem here is that you don't have a provable address in the new authority.
As such, there are two approaches.
You could, if you wanted, apply to the new LEA (through your current one) now, using your current address. This will be treated as a late application, and you will get whatever is left over when they have allocated all the on time applications. This could, realistically, be anywhere in the LEA as you don't have an address in their area yet and actually they have no obligation to you because of that. The downside to this is that if they allocate you something, and the move doesn't go ahead, then you are stuck with a place in that area and not near where you are now. You could also end up with a place miles away from your new address.
Alternatively, and probably preferable, is that you wait until you have moved and have a provable address in the new area. You then apply through the new LEA with that address. You would still be a late applicant and get whatever is left over, but now they will have a obligation to find you something within a reasonable distance to your new address (or provide transport if over 2 miles).