I am afraid that whatever the advice you were given – and I am assuming that it was given on the telephone, not in writing so that there is no way of proving exactly what was said and where the misunderstandings have arisen – that you will not get far with pursuing this line. The written information provided by Bury in its booklet is quite clear; note particularly:
A co-ordinated scheme is in operation, which is intended to make the process simpler for
parents. You need to complete just one CAF, which can include faith schools and schools
in other LAs (except for independent schools). This form is now available online from your
Each LA will forward requests to other LAs who will consider all requests in accordance
with their criteria.
If two LAs are able to offer places, the school which you ranked highest will be offered.
Bury LA will notify Bury parents of decisions. Other LAs will notify parents who live in their
area. This should result in you receiving just one offer of a place.
The scheme enables parents of all pupils living within Bury who are transferring to
secondary school, to complete one common application form (CAF) expressing up
to three preferences for admission to all maintained secondary schools both within
Bury and also in other LA areas.
If more than one school place can be offered to one pupil by different admission
authorities, a single offer will be made by the home LA for the school which was
ranked highest by the parent.
However, on a more positive note, you can appeal for any school which was on your form for which you did not receive an offer. You should accept the offered school so that you retain that place whilst appealing for any of the other schools which you prefer. You will need to concentrate on the reasons why the other school(s) are most suitable for your child – see the Q&A s particularly the sections on oversubscription appeals and do come back with any questions about the appeals.