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Yesterday thousands of parents across the borough found out where their children were going to school in September. If you weren't one of the lucky ones who got one of their preferred choices you may make an appeal.
This site ACE recommended by Liz on Harringay Online sets out how you do this in easy to follow terms. I shall be following its advice having been offered a school on the other side of Tottenham (2 miles away) when I'm 0.22 of a mile from St Aidan's and Weston Park.
I have read the leaflet Haringey provide, which is also attached to this reply. Not only does it cover the application process but it addresses what happens if you don't get your first, or indeed any, of your choices.
I have picked up two things from it:
1) children who do not get their first choice will automatically be placed on the waiting lists of schools higher up their preferences. What it actually says is "If your child has been refused a place at a school that was listed higher on your application form than the one you have been offered, your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting list"
I guess there is then some mechanism for informing parents of movements on the various lists (you might be on 6 lists if you are not offered any of your choices?). If this is true it saves disappointed parents a lot of admin.
2) Appealing is almost certainly a waste of time - in 2010 only 8 were granted out of 74 registered, and that was a good year for appellants.
I was wondering what the school place situation is this year?
It's just less than a week since the letters went out. The LibDems seem to be silent on the subject, and there is nothing yet in the Ham and High or the Haringey Independent (online anyway). Perhaps it has all worked perfectly.
Actually the redoubtable Crouchendcupcake started this item TWO years ago, and so far as I recall, in the end got a place ok. I revived the item by posting to it, rather than starting a new one, to ask how things were going this year (2013) it was lazy of me, and I am sorry for any confusion caused. Maybe a new item is needed. When was your problem which led to you going down the independent route?