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Information for Parents about applications for Reception for September 2022

Offer emails from Birmingham City Council

If you submitted an online application by the national closing date of 15 January 2022 for your child's primary school place in September 2022, you will be sent an email informing you which school has been offered to your child.

Emails will be sent on 19 April 2022, and we expect you will receive your email by 4pm. The exact time you receive your email will depend on your email service provider.

You will also receive your child's offer by a letter from 19 April 2022.

Please do not contact Birmingham City Council before receiving the offer of a school place.

The School Admissions team will be unable to inform you which primary school place has been offered to your child by phone or email.

You must have received your email or letter before contacting the School Admissions team. However, you may contact School Admissions if you have not received your email or letter by Friday 22 April 2022.

Accepting the offer

The offer email and letter you should have received named the primary school your child was offered for entry in September 2022. You do not need to contact School Admissions if you intend to accept your child’s offer of a school place.

You only need to inform School Admissions by 3 May 2022 if you are refusing the school place your child was offered. Details of how to do was included in your offer letter. If we are not informed by this date that you wish to refuse your offer, the school will update their records to show the offer has been accepted.

We strongly encourage you to accept your offer, this is so your child has a guaranteed School place to attend in September 2022.

By refusing your offer, please be aware that your child’ school place may be offered out to another child from that school’s waiting list once they are made available. Your child will have no school to attend in September as School Admissions only make one school offer to a child. If a family refuses their school offer, we are not required to offer your child a place at an alternative school.

Your child will only be offered a place at another school if a place becomes available on the waiting list for one of your higher preferred schools due to waiting list movement once they are available, or if you appeal against the decision to refuse your child a place at one of your preferred schools and your appeal is subsequently upheld (successful).

The offer being accepted will not affect your child’s waiting list position for any of your higher preference schools or influence the outcome of any appeal you may submit.

If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools that you applied for, this will be because the school(s) you applied for have received more applications than there were places available, and other children that better met the admission criteria than your child were offered those places. Details of the school admission criteria that all applicants are considered under are available here: Primary Admissions Arrangements 2022.

Appeals

You have the right of appeal at a school where you have applied and been refused admission. If you are considering the possibility of submitting an appeal, please read the advice regarding appeals on our website carefully, such information follows. You can only appeal against the refusal of a place at a school that is currently one of your live preferences.

If you have not applied and been refused admission for a place at a school, you have no right of appeal for that school. If you wish to apply for a school that was not originally one of your preferences, please refer to: Apply online, late applications and late changes of preferences.

Appeals are heard and decided by panels who are completely independent of the Council and the school(s) you may appeal for. Consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful. For example, were you realistic with the preferences you submitted for your child? Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a school.

You have the right to appeal at a school where you have applied and been refused admission.

If you are considering submitting an appeal, please read the advice regarding appeals on the School Admissions website carefully; you can only appeal against the refusal of a place at a school that is currently one of your live preferences.

Appeals are heard and decided by panels independent of the Council and the school(s) you appeal for.

However, you should remember that the circumstances in which an appeal panel may uphold an infant class size appeal (Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 only) are extremely limited.

For an appeal to be upheld, an appeal panel must be satisfied that either:

  • The Appeal Panel finds that the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit.
  • The child would have been offered a place if the published admission arrangements had been properly implemented;
  • The child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had not been contrary to mandatory provisions in the School Admissions Code and the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; or
  • The decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.
    Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a particular school.
    There are no guarantees that any appeal will be successful.
    Waiting lists
    If you do not receive an offer for a place at your higher preference Birmingham school preferences, your child's name will automatically be placed on the waiting lists for those schools.
    Please note that waiting lists are compiled in the same order as the oversubscription criteria. For example, if your child has a sibling already at the school, they will be placed higher on the list.
    Late applicants are also added according to this order, so your child's name may move down and up a waiting list. Having a place on the waiting list is no guarantee that a place will become available.
    Information on waiting list positions for Birmingham schools will not be available until Monday 9 May 2022.
    From 9 May 2022, you can contact Children's Services on 0121 303 1888, who will let you know who holds the waiting list for the school you want (either School Admissions or the school itself).
    Waiting list advice will not be available before 9 May 2022 to allow time for offers to be accepted and refused.
    For details regarding the waiting list procedures for schools located outside of Birmingham Local Authority, please check their Local Authority website for further details.
    The School Admissions team will contact you if a school place becomes available for your child from a waiting list.
     
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