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Probably a really basic question but relocating in the UK - how does it work?

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orchidsonabudget Sun 01-Nov-20 21:35:26

I can see how primary school children can easily move within year
But if we have to move due to OH work - how would it work with my Y8 DC ? Do you just get given a school?
TIA for any help.

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KihoBebiluPute Sun 01-Nov-20 23:54:17

Yes once you have an address in the new area, the new LEA is obliged to find a place for you. It may not be a school you like much but in y8 even a popular and oversubscribed school may have a vacancy caused by an existing pupil moving away. A friend of mine who used to live a long way away recently relocated to the same city I live in, and got a place for her y9 DC in the most oversubscribed difficult-to-get-in-to school in the city, but it was blind luck. They could have been landed with one of the awful ones.

lanthanum Mon 02-Nov-20 10:28:51

You can apply to schools - but if the school next door to your house is full in your child's year, you won't get a place there without appealing. However you can go on the waiting list, and the waiting list is ordered according to the school's admissions criteria, not how long you've been on it - so if you live next door you may be at the top of the list for a place as soon as someone leaves. In the meantime, your child may just have to go wherever there is space.

Appealing may be successful, particularly in a more rural area where alternatives are a long way away. I think the appeals centre on what the school can offer that you can't get elsewhere - which might include teaching the language your child has been learning so far. The council have to provide transport if they can't allocate you a place at a school within 3 miles.

I get the impression that some LEAs are quite helpful if you contact them and talk to them - they may be able to tell you which schools have spaces or have more movement than others. That may help you decide whereabouts to look at houses.

WoolyMammoth55 Mon 02-Nov-20 10:38:24

It is complicated OP but proximity to the school is usually a pretty clear criteria. So when looking at houses it's worth budgeting for one close to a good school - as others have said, you may not get in immediately but you can go on the waiting list and in a decent-sized school there's usually some pupil movement each year.

There are other complicating factors in the UK - e.g. my own secondary school in Kent was a selective grammar school (but still free education provided by the state) which meant there was an entrance exam to pass. Some free state schools can also have faith affiliations and have faith-based selection criteria.

You are probably best off to start by identifying locations you'd potentially move to, then looking at schools, then speaking to local education authorities about admissions criteria, then looking at house prices near the good schools...?

Obviously people move with their kids all the time and it's not impossible! Best of luck smile

orchidsonabudget Mon 02-Nov-20 18:04:27

Thank you - yes I was wondering about this too. Thank you all so much.

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