Secondary school places – the fallout

HUNDREDS of you will have received your child’s secondary school place allocation letter by now, and will either be delighted or disappointed.

My view on parents being given any ‘choice’ about their preferred schools is well documented in these weekly rants, so I won’t bore you now, albeit to say we unsuccessfully went through the stressful appeals process three years ago.

Unless you really have a really good reason, and I mean like twins being spilt up, I really would think hard about whether to put you and your child through it. You can read up on all the procedures via http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.

I would, however, recommend putting them on the school’s waiting list if your child wants you to. Two years later, our son was offered a place when someone left.

In the meantime, the best thing you can do is listen to, reassure and support your child whichever school they attend. Secondary school is scary enough without any more stress.

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