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On Friday, 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 2016 and 31 August 2017 are eligible for a September school reception place. The Good Schools Guide expects 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 2019/2020 academic year, 10.9 per cent of infant class appeals heard in England were decided in the child’s favour, but in London the success rate was only 7.8 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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