What happens if we don’t get the secondary school place we want?
Waiting Lists and Appeals:
If all the places at your preferred school are taken and your child does not get a place, the Admissions Service will try to give them a place at your second or third choice school, and failing that you will be offered a list of schools that have vacancies at the time. Your child's name will also be placed on a waiting list for your first choice school and when a place comes up the Admissions Service will let you know, though this cannot be guaranteed.
You may also submit an appeal if your child does not get the place you prefer and you feel you have a good case. Appeal forms for Manchester Community and Roman Catholic schools will be enclosed with your letter, or alternatively contact the Admissions Service for an appeals form (0161 234 7150/51) or (new link not available yet).
If you make an appeal for a 2009 place by 31st March 2009, you are guaranteed a hearing in the first round of hearings. If you make an appeal later than 31st March, your hearing may not be until the summer.
An Independent Appeals Panel will consider all your points and make a decision. You can only make one appeal for each school that does not offer a place. There is no limit to the number of appeals per school, and each case is considered individually.
The Choice Advice Service can advise you about the Appeals Process and support you through it, though we can't deliver your appeal case on your behalf.