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Would this have any bearing on being given a place at first choice school?

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Feminine Thu 29-Sep-11 02:51:02

We are returning to the UK  next year (Feb).

Our first choice of secondary school for ds13 is currently oversubscribed...we will need to appeal (apparently) 

We will be living with my family ,I have a brother(16) who attends the school right now.

Any chance that my  family connection will help? The bus will obviously already be collecting my brother ...I know that has no true bearing on admissions etc...but is it a extra point?

I don't really want DS to have to go to the next choice school ,its fine; but a bus in to totally unfamiliar areas/ and country is something I would like to avoid smile

Thanks.

Feminine Thu 29-Sep-11 02:52:07

I just realized this should be in secondary blush

mummytime Thu 29-Sep-11 07:29:06

You need to look at the specific admission requirements for the school.  However unless a place becomes available this will be irrelevant (just possibly relevant if there is more than one person wanting a place that becomes available).
It will be relevant to your appeal, new child to area could travel with a family member, the strong need for your son to go to that school.  However it also depends on how over full the school is.

CustardCake Thu 29-Sep-11 09:31:38

An appeal means you don't need a space to become available. An appeal means asking for a space even though the school is full and, if you win, the school are forced to give you a place whether they want to or not.

But in all honesty transport and childcare issues are rarely grounds for a winning appeal unless your son has additional reasons for needing to be with a family member.
If it is simply a case that it is more convenient for them to travel together then this doesn't carry much weight but if he has a medical or social reason for needing to be at the same school as his Uncle or for not being able to travel alone then this might help. Other things that help are proving the school caters for his needs in a way other schools can't eg if he is a maths genius and the school has a maths specialism and loads of maths clubs that other schools don't or if he has a hearing problem and the school has a specialist hearing unit. Simply saying that you don't want him travelling alone will not help much unless there is a good reason why he, as opposed to other boys his age, should not have to do this journey.

prh47bridge Thu 29-Sep-11 09:40:15

Your brother's attendance at the school will not give you priority. As CustardCake says, transport and childcare issues are unlikely to lead to a successful appeal. If there are reasons why your son needs to be with a family member or why he should not have to travel alone it would help if you can get independent evidence to support your case, e.g. from a medical expert. However, if this is simply your preference it won't help you at appeal.

Look at things like after school clubs and any particular strengths this school has compared to the allocated school and see if there is anything that would be particularly beneficial to your son. Don't be negative about the allocated school. Concentrate on showing positive reasons why your son would benefit from going to the preferred school.

Feminine Thu 29-Sep-11 13:54:21

Thank you all for the advice and hints.

I should have said it is the school bus from the LEA that will be collecting my brother(very rural area) -I was tired yesterday!
To my mind,it would seem silly to send 2 busses to the same address -that is me though -no expert grin

My DS will perfectly able to go to a different school and travel there, I just wanted some things to be familiar. In fact TBH both schools look like they will tick most of his education boxes.

I take on board on what you have all suggested, its a great help.

admission Thu 29-Sep-11 21:26:18

If you are truely in a rural area and it is a school bus, then you can also say that it is important that they go to the school where the few local children go to, having just moved back from abroad but also given the rural location, it is imperative that he builds up this local friendship group. Going to a school which none of the locals go to ( I hope) will not help this re-integration.

Feminine Thu 29-Sep-11 22:15:45

Thanks admission fingers crossed eh? smile

First choice school is 4 miles away ...second is more like 8!

Feminine Thu 29-Sep-11 22:16:07

Thanks admission fingers crossed eh? smile

First choice school is 4 miles away ...second is more like 8!

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