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 Post subject: Re-allocation
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:04 pm 
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I have a few questions that have beem going round in my mind. I know allocation day is months away but there is a strong possibility that my childs first choice school will be oversubscribed and we will not get a place. One of my questions is what happens between allocation day and re-allocation day 3 weeks later? It says in the admissions booklet that they will have received refusals, but surly these can not be many? After all we only get the offer of one school and if you did not get your first choice surly you should not refuse your second choice just incase at re-allocation or appeal you cannot get a place at the first school. Its just I cannot see much movement during that time? What do people think?

Also if at re-allocation day you dont get the place you wanted and go to oversubscrition appeal - can this include supporting evidence from outside agancies such as kids clubs etc, as well as your own presentation?
Sorry for the rambling, and grateful for any thoughts :?


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Regarding your second question about an oversubscription appeal, you're free to submit whatever you like, but I would only do so if it has some direct relevance to the school you want and strengthens your case.

Example 1: you want a place at school X which specialises in performing arts, so support from the drama club your child attends would be very helpful.

Example 2: you get a letter from a local kids club saying what a nice child your son/daughter is - it won't help at all!

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 Post subject: Re: Re-allocation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:10 am 
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tiredmum wrote:
One of my questions is what happens between allocation day and re-allocation day 3 weeks later? It says in the admissions booklet that they will have received refusals, but surly these can not be many? After all we only get the offer of one school and if you did not get your first choice surly you should not refuse your second choice just incase at re-allocation or appeal you cannot get a place at the first school. Its just I cannot see much movement during that time? What do people think?



I am not at all familiar with your area so this answer is a very general one. The amount of movement after first allocation is very variable between schools and areas and is dependent on so many factors that you would need to know the normal pattern for your particular preferred school(s). Generally the LA will also be considering late applications at this stage - the ones which arrived too late to be considered with the first allocations - so there may be a few extra people who will be ranked according to the admssions criteria for the school(s).

The usual advice is to accept your offered place - if a higher preference becomes available the LA will offer it to you, whether or not you have accepted the offered place. The LA will continue to co-ordinate the offering of places right up until the end of August. However, once appeals have been heard, any successful ones will reduce the chances of being offered a place as numbers will again have to fall below PAN before any new offers can be made. This usually means that there is less movement after appeals have been heard (but not invariably - so much depends on local factors).


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