If you're waiting to find out whether your child has got into the primary school of your choice, you'll be all too aware that this is a big week – reesults letters are due to go out on Monday, April 16.
According to The Sun, some of us have gone to extraordinary lengths in order to get our child into the school of our choice. The paper reports:
Some 18 per cent of mums and dads confessed they would splash out extra either buying or renting a house in order to be in the right area for a school.
And a further four per cent would attend a church or other religious establishment, when they wouldn’t normally, to try and get their child a school place.
If you don't get the news you've been hoping for, here's what you can do next:
1. Accept the place
Don't make the mistake of not accepting the place you're offered. If you don't accept it, you could end up with no school place for your child. Accepting the place won't harm your chances in the appeals process and you can still appeal and / or join the waiting list for another school.
2. Join a waiting list
Contact the school you'd prefer your child to attend and ask to join the waiting list. In some areas, you may have been automatically placed on the waiting list if you weren't offered a place at the school of your choice. You can check your council website to find out which schools have places.
If you think a mistake has been made, such as the decision wasn't reasonable or due process hasn't been followed, you can appeal against a school's decision to not offer your child a place. Visit your local council website for more details on how to appeal.
4. Don't panic
It might seem like the end of the world but some children do gain places at the school of their choice via the appeals process, so don't assume the worst.