What happens to students offered no school place?

Georgina Emmanuel's picture
Just heard of another international student refused a place at an academy.

Just what happens to students under the new regime when local schools will not take them? Where do they go?

Unless there is a clear transparent selection process which sets out the terms on which a student may be accepted/ refused a place, do schools (paid for by the tax payer) have a legal right to do this?
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Wed, 23/02/2011 - 15:23

I believe the Local Authority will still have a duty to place a child in the nearest school with places. This could, of course, be many miles away.

Philip Allega's picture
Sun, 25/11/2012 - 18:47

It's a very good question. It's difficult to find numbers because not all LAs keep track of waiting lists and many start their waiting lists with a clean slate by the mid-point of the school year. So, those who have been waiting must apply again and it looks like they're just in the application queue again.

It's probably a small percentage that get held by the wayside, but we're one of them. No school for Y1 and none for Y2, so far. One offer would have required buying a car or having a 6 year commute 90 minutes a day and his mother 3 hours. Saying no moved us off of one queue to another. So, the numbers show that, legally, we're on a waiting list; when, in fact, we just don't have a place and never have.

Oh, sure, it's legal. But, it sure is difficult if you're on the other end of it and don't have consideration for means (e.g., pay for private, buy a car, etc.) or get considerations for being on the waiting list for a long time. Again, that's legal too.

And, no one counts us.

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