The first thing you should do if you don’t get your preferred school is not panic! It’s worthwhile finding out more about the school you have been offered a place at. If you haven’t visited before, it might be enlightening to go along and see the school in action. Schools change very rapidly and you may not have applied because of an undeserved reputation. It’s worth keeping an open mind.
If you want to appeal the decision we can support you in various ways. If you want to make an appointment to see me, I’m happy to help where I can. We can’t directly influence the decision but we can help you navigate the appeals process. Any appeal about a decision has to have a strong argument and a sound basis for making the appeal. It is considered by lay people who make a final decision for each school. We can also come along with you to appeals if that helps and we can arrange translators if that’s required.
You should also bare in mind that it’s a long period between now and September. After this initial round of offers some places will be declined, some people with move away and some children will take up places in the academy sector. This opens up school places for you– if you’re high up the waiting list you often stand a good chance of getting into school by September, 2017.
Finally, congratulations to those children and families who received their first choice or were admitted to schools in the independent sector. We know you’re going to leave our school proud Cassians with many lessons learnt which have laid excellent foundations for your future.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher