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Parents Help Needed urgently on Admissions

24 February 2011 1,617 views 4 Comments

I am looking to have a brief chat on the phone tomorrow with a parent who is waiting to hear which secondary school their child has got into. It would take maximum 15 minutes. If the parent could contact me today on

0203 353 2302 or 07957147308
Jessica Shepherd Guardian

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  • Kim Willingham-Curtis said:

    Admissions – what a nightmare day yesterday – rushing home from school to log onto DorsetforYou – admissions, find your child’s application form, top right hand corner it says “OFFERED”- scroll down the preferred 3 schools and they all said NOT OFFERED! There is no reason stated – telephone admissions department, they said it was an error and to keep refreshing the page and at the same time could not give me any further information!
    So as a parent I had the worst feeling of uselessness when I comforted my distraught 12 year old daughter who today is going to school not knowing where she is going to go in September, meanwhile Facebook and MSM were hot lines last night and all her peers know exactly what school they are attending.
    Our post does not arrive until mid-day, presuming that there will be a ” reason” why each school (including the feeder school) did not offer her a place so for me today as a working Mum, have the hardest task of all – taking a very upset daughter to school (head of year already informed), trying to contact admissions and get a sensible answer, wait for the post, download appeal papers and so on ………….. I am sorry to say that the education system has let my family down again.
    If anyone has any ideas how to manage this situation, I would dearly love your feedback.

  • Kim Willingham-Curtis said:

    Just thought you maybe interested in our status – to date 4 days after we should have been notified in writing, we still have not received written confirmation of which school my daughter is going to attend, however after numerous phone calls to DCC, we were told that she had been accepted into a school which most definitely was not on our selection list – we are horrified and shall appeal however, we can’t until we get the written confirmation. Watch this space………..

  • Kim Willingham-Curtis said:

    TO APPEAL OR NOT TO APPEAL – simple answer is NO – don’t waste your time. Continuing from our status on 4th March, we gave up 2 days of unpaid leave to attend two hearings on different days, the first hearing was why the preferred school could not take my daughter, the next day was to put our case forward. Appeal results where being telephoned out on Friday morning, as this was a work day, I requested both personally and in writing that they called me on my mobile as I was working. They didn’t, I had a voice mail left on my land line to call back, it was “POETS” day ( push off early tomorrow is Saturday), so we have had 4 days to wait!!! First thing this morning I telephoned the office, the gentlemen concerned is on holiday, our appeal has been refused and no-one can tell me why.
    This is our second time of appealing, firstly for her 1st school and then for her senior school, the time, effort and heartache involved would be best spent on more positive parenting. DONT APPEAL – MOVE ON and build a better/bigger picture. Good luck to all those that wish to appeal.

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