C.16 The following precedents may be of interest (but come without guarantees!):
R v Beatrix Potter School (1997)
The head offered a place in error, and the LA withdrew it the same day. Parents appealed to the High Court on grounds of ‘legitimate expectation’ of a place. High Court refused the appeal (and the place) as the offer was withdrawn the same day.
Ombudsman complaint 99/C/1876
Head offered five places. LEA withdrew them after three days.
Ombudsman decided in this case the delay was too long, and amounted to maladminstration. Places confirmed.
This is why I wrote in my reply to sadparent " ...... an expectation that the LA should act promptly
" - and in C16 I wanted to draw attention to the fact that the precedents "come without guarantees
I would just caution that the ombudsman makes recommendations in individual cases, not decisions that have the force of law.
I'm not sure where the error occurred in sadparent's case - it could have been with the LA, or it could have originated with the school (an academy over which the ombudsman has no jurisdiction).