Delight or disappointment
On Thursday, 16 April, parents in England find out the primary school where their child has been offered a place for the start of the new academic year in September. All children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 are eligible for a September school reception place. The Good Schools Guide predicts that although the majority of children will be given a place at their first-choice school, many will still miss out.
Parents who are disappointed with their allocated school may consider the appeals process. However, according to the most recent government data, the success rate of school appeals varies greatly throughout the country. In the 2018/2019 academic year, 12.6 per cent of infant class appeals heard in England were decided in the child’s favour, but in London the success rate was only 6.1 per cent, with some local authorities not recording a single successful appeal. The appeals process at infant level (the first three years of primary school) is more complicated than at other ages, partly as there is a legal requirement for schools to keep class sizes to a maximum of 30 leading to less flexibility when it comes to adding extra pupils.
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Perhaps you suspect your child has some learning difficulty and you would like advice on what you should do. Or perhaps it is becoming clear that your child's current school is not working for him or her, and you need help to find a mainstream school which has better SEN provision, or to find a special school which will best cater for your child's area of need. Our SEN consultancy team advises on both special schools, and the mainstream schools with good SEN support, from reception through to the specialist colleges for 19+.
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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, The Good Schools Guide International offers the following guidance:
Determine the global situation and that of individual countries on government mandated school closures by accessing the UNESCO information on this link: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-emergencies/coronavirus-school-closures.
For updates on the medical situation, go to the World Health Organisation website at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.
If you wish to contact one of our GSGI listed schools to discover their current status or any plans for alternate learning strategies, please go to our database to find email and phone numbers for each school https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/international-search.
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