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13. If you haven't been offered a place at your preferred school.

We understand that it will be a disappointment for you and your child if we are not able to offer a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can check how school places were allocated for each school that you applied for.

It is, however, sensible to accept any place offered. Accepting the place will not affect your child’s place on a waiting list or your chances of success on appeal.

As well as accepting the place we have offered, there are other things that you can do at the same time if you wish. These are explained below. Make sure we receive your reply by 2 May 2017.

If you applied for a place under Rule 2 (exceptional medical or social needs)

Educational professionals (who are independent of the Admissions & Transport Team and of our primary schools) looked at your case and the supporting evidence you provided. They decided if it was appropriate to consider your application under the exceptional medical or social needs rule. If it was, this was taken into account when we were allocating places.

Applications without supporting evidence will not have been considered.

Academies, Foundation, Free and Voluntary-Aided schools, and schools in other areas, have their own admission rules. If you applied for a place at one of these schools, they will have considered your application under their rules.

Please note that not all schools have an exceptional needs rule. There is more information about applying under this rule under Admissions rules.

Adding your child to a waiting list

You can ask for your child to be added to a waiting list or lists for the schools on your original application, including those for schools in other LA areas. You can do this online or where applicable by using the form with your child’s offer letter. If you use the form you can send it to us using our Contact us form or send it in the post for us to receive by 2 May 2017.

Each waiting list is held in Admissions rules under and will be used to offer places that might become available in later allocation rounds. This means that children with a high priority in the schools admission rules will always be near the top of the waiting list, and children with a low priority will be nearer the bottom. Each time a child’s name is added to the list, the child is slotted in the appropriate place according to their priority. Waiting lists are never ‘first come first served’.

If a place becomes available

If a place becomes available at a school and your child is at the top of the waiting list, we will automatically offer this place to your child. We will write to you and let you know.

If you have already accepted a place at a lower preference school, we will take that place away and offer it to another child. We will not ask you before we do this, as we will assume you would prefer your child to go to the higher ranked school that you put them on the waiting list for.

We will continue to do this for each allocation round right up until the start of school in September.

Your position in a waiting list

If your child’s name is on a Buckinghamshire schools waiting list we will let you know their waiting list position on 30 May 2017 and at the end of August. We will not confirm waiting list positions at any other time.

Please bear in mind that your child’s position on a waiting list can go up and down as other children join or leave the list, depending on whether they have a higher priority in the admission rules than your child.

Removing your child from a waiting list

If you want to remove your child’s name from a waiting list, please let us know as soon as you decide. You should do this by using our Contact Us form or by sending us a letter. Look at the table on Later allocation rounds to see the deadline dates and make sure that we receive your request to remove your child’s name from the waiting list in plenty of time.

Changing your preferences

Think carefully about whether you would like to change your school preferences. You may find it helpful to remind yourself of the information on How we allocate school places. If you decide to make changes, you need to send us your new list of preferences. Please use our Contact Us form. These new preferences will be considered in later allocation rounds. This list becomes your new preference order.

You can include original preferences amongst any new ones as long as the order is clear, and you can only list four schools. If you list schools in other LA areas we will let them know.

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Last updated: 22 March 2017

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