School Admissions Crisis: Parents Consider Moving After Missing Out On Primary School Places
Many parents have been left distraught after failing to secure a place for their child in their first-choice primary school. In fact, 40% of children missed out on their first choice of school, while a number of children did not even get one of their 6 choices and parents were left facing a school run to a school located miles away. The school system is in a state of crisis after the recent baby-boom and the government is being criticised for not doing enough to create more school places.
The situation was particularly bad for parents in London and other cities, where 1 in 5 children missed out on their first choice. Many parents are considering moving away from the cities in order to get their child into a school which is a lot closer to home.
According to an ING survey, 40% of parents are considering moving to get their child into their first choice of school. However, living in the catchment area may not guarantee your child a place. You should always check the admissions rules before you take such a drastic step; there are countless families who have spent tens of thousands of pounds moving house only to find they are still stuck with a school they didn’t want. Remember, if you are going to move, make sure you do it before the application closing date or you will be classed as a late application and will be left with the scraps anyway!
If you are considering moving to get your child into a better primary school you will need to do it as soon as possible, as you cannot apply for a school until you live in the catchment area. Consider renting a property until you can find your dream house; as long as it is your permanent residence when applying you will be eligible.
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