Placing requests

You have the right to make a placing request for your child to be educated in a school other than the local school

Update 28.04.20

As a result of COVID 19, there have been changes to how we respond to placing requests.

  • The deadline for Education and Families to respond to placing requests submitted for the coming school year commencing August 2020, i.e. those submitted prior to or on 15 March 2020, has been extended from 30 April to 31 May 2020.
  • For placing requests received in relation to a current school year, the deadline for Education and Families to send a response is extended from 2 months to 3 months.

In addition, the regulations also amend the timescales for appeals:

  • The previous deadline for holding any other type of placing request appeal received is extended from 2 months to 4 months. If a placing request appeal has not been heard 4 months after receipt, it will be deemed to be refused.
  • Previously the appeal committee decision must be notified to the appellant within 14 days otherwise the appeal will be deemed to be refused and the decision of the education authority deemed to be upheld.  This deadline has been extended to 28 days.
  • In terms of appeals received up until now the Committee had 5 working days to send out an acknowledgement of the appeal and notify education of the receipt of an appeal.  This has now been extended to 28 days.

In December each year, we will advertise our arrangements for placing requests.

There are sound educational reasons for trying to ensure that the transfer or admission of a school takes place at the start of a school session. Other than those who are moving home to a new area, parents are advised to time any placing requests so that they take effect from the beginning of the new school session.

Every effort will be made to try and meet parental wishes, but you should note that it is not always possible to grant every placing request to a particular school.

Once a pupil has reached the school leaving age the pupil not the pupil's parents may choose which school to go to. If the pupil wants to change schools, then he or she should complete a pdf icon Placing Request Form [123kb].

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