Are you concerned about getting your child into the school of your choice? Do you know how different schools decide on who they do and don't admit? Do you know what you can do if you're refused a place at your preferred school? This book can help. Author John Chard has more than ten years' experience of organising and overseeing school appeals for local education authorities. Now a consultant, he helps thousands of parents each year through the round of school admissions and appeals.In "Your School Your Choice", he shares his unique insight into the subject. He explains the rules that primary and secondary schools must abide by when setting their admissions criteria, what parental choice really means, and for those parents who don't get a place first time round, the secrets of success behind the increasingly used statutory appeals process. It covers: applying for a place; entry during the school year; how appeals work; preparing your case; lodging an appeal; procedural flowcharts; example appeal statements; and court decisions.
Table of Contents
1 Applying for a place at a school of your choice 12 Schools' admission criteria 3 Admissions during the school year 4 The statutory appeal process5 Normal prejudice appeals6 Infant class size appeals7 Selective schools and sixth form appeals8 Preparing your case 1379 What to do if your appeal is unsuccessful 15110 Choosing a school in Scotland 15911 Scotland: The LEA's response to your request 17112 Scotland: How to appeal 17713 Choosing a school in Wales 19514 Wales: How to appeal 211Appendices 231Glossary 311Index 323
John Chard is a consultant to both parents and local education authorities on school admissions and appeals. He regularly appears on national television and radio.