A family we know did not get their first choice school on 1st March but their second choice. . .
Iâ€™m afraid all this sounds a bit too simplistic to me, Daogroupie. Iâ€™m sure you reported this story the way youâ€™re given to understand, with all sincerity.
But first things first:
Didnâ€™t you say in the first instance that the family in question did not get their first choice school on 1st March? Thatâ€™s good enough reason, legally and otherwise, for them to accept their second choice school.
In my opinion, Herts have no right whatsoever to take away the second choice school which they themselves offered the family on 1st March, without first consulting the family.
In my time, I had rejected many offers of good schools (grammar schools) for my two DC but before these schools were taken away from me permanently, I, together with my other half, had to sign a form giving consent that we were rejecting the school(s).
So it looks to me here that itâ€™s not the family whoâ€™d messed up the situation but Herts. If anything, Herts have now got to give the family the pick of both schools; that's not to mention compensation for causing unnecessary distress and inconvenience.