Tuesday 15 October 2019

Why can’t I hold a state school place?

A common question we hear from families concerns the state school application process.

Many relocating families now apply into the state sector, however are faced with the challenge of forward-planning when using the in-year admissions process.

Most councils and schools require a family to be resident before submitting an application for a state school.   This means that if they are looking for a space in January, but it is only early October, they don’t have clarity on which schools will have space.

Councils do this as they need to keep school places open for children who need them on an immediate basis.  A family does not become the local authority’s duty of care until they are residing within the boundaries of that authority.

There are however ways and strategies to make the most of “known unknowns” to help families forward plan.  For more information, contact our team at info@deanassociates.co.uk.