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I’m not happy with the offer.  What are my options?

Your child’s name can be put on a waiting list for the schools you did not get a place at.  You can appeal against the decision not to offer a school place to your child.  You have until March to respond to the offer.  This does not stop you placing your child’s name on a waiting list or lodging an appeal to any of the schools listed on your application.

Waiting lists

Local council school admissions hold and manage waiting lists and do so until mid-term in October.  This helps to allocate further places quickly if vacancies arise.  You may ask for your child’s name to be added to the waiting list of any school listed on your application form.  Waiting list places are allocated according to the oversubscription criteria set-out by each school, and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the waiting list.  If a conditional offer made from waiting list is not accepted within five working days it will be withdrawn and offered to the next child on the list.  If you change address while on a waiting list evidence of the new address will be required when measuring the ‘home to school distance’ criterion.   Late applications can be added to waiting lists but will only be considered after all on-time applications have been considered.

Appeals

If it has not been possible to offer your child a place at one of your higher preference schools, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel for each school to which you made an unsuccessful application.  Details of your right to appeal will be included in your letter of offer.  Different schools have different rules about how long you have to appeal after receiving your offer letter.  Be sure to take note of any appeal deadlines.  More detailed information about the appeals process can be found by contacting the council schools admission.   Additional information can be found by contacting the Advisory Centre for Education and obtaining a copy of the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice from the Department of Education and Skills.