Parents find out what school their child has been offered

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Thousands of anxious parents and carers across the country are told this week what secondary school place their child has been offered.

To support and guide those who are disappointed with their offer, the Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) has issued its five-point “CHILD” action plan.

  • Keep Calm – it may feel like the end of the road but there are things you can do
  • Seek Help – contact ACE or the choice adviser at your local authority
  • Join waiting lists Immediately – a child can move up and down the list, but any openings will be filled as soon as the place becomes available
  • Lodge an appeal – every parent has the right to appeal
  • Consider Different schools – visit all possible alternatives

ACE Chief Executive, Simon Hepburn, said: "We know this can be a very stressful time and, even though most children do get their first choice of school, many other families may be feeling angry or let down. But it’s so important that they know there are things they can do.

“Admission authorities can sometimes change their minds. In 2007/08, over 53,000 secondary school appeals were lodged, and over a quarter of those were successful, so it’s important families do not give up hope.

“However, we do recommend parents take a good hard look at the school they have been offered and go to visit it. There are many reasons for parents to believe a certain school is not right for their child, but if they are rejecting it on the grounds of its reputation, sometimes this does not reflect the reality.”

ACE provides free, independent advice on a wide range of school issues. Freephone telephone line: 0808 800 5793

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