Presumably Email will say Child has place at (Please please please) X school.
But whats all this about 'after allocation days' places. How does that work? Does it mean that if 2nd choice is on email we could still get in at 1st choice without an appeal?
I know it might be a bit premature but just wondering how set in concrete the allocation is.....
You definately have the place you are offered, should you want it. You can ask for reconsideration for the other schools you have not been offered (most commonly for 1st placed school - but not always). There's then the juggling stage, where - say - some parents use their firm offers of places as leverage for private school scholarships, others have moved home but forgotten to tell the LEA, and so on. So then there is a big shuffle, and people down the list do get re-offered a higher choice - but you DO HAVE TO ASK for it. It is advisable to also
accept the place offered, otherwise you may not have a school next year.
The shuffled places may not be offered for a month or so, and even after that there's still more movement in the lists. I know some schools tended to offer in batches, so they could give all who had an equal rank a place.
Once the appeals have happened (late May start), then it's likely there will be no more movement for some time - if appeals have been allowed, and the school has more pupils than its IAN/PAN, then they have to wait until they're back down to PAN before a place can be offered. It is possible to apply for a place or appeal a second time in a following year, but by then many children are quite settled in their new schools.
Hope that helps.