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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 14:55 PM   1
ames_x
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When do you put your childs name down for school?


The infant school I used to go to has merged with the Junior school so a Welsh school has now opened in its place, my mum said I should put his name down now if I want him to go there... but it seems abit early?! I don't have a clue though lol. So any help will be appricated!



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 15:28 PM   2
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Not sure about Wales but in England now school places are decided by the local council based on distance from school and other factors, so although ppl still want to 'put their name down' it makes no difference in actually getting a place.
Call the school and ask them x



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 15:28 PM   3
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I'm just guessing but I think you can only put their name down in the January of the year they will start school.



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 15:29 PM   4
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Thanks both, afew people have said to put his name down now. So i'll ring on Monday to enquire about it x



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 19:27 PM   5
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I live in the midlands of England and there's ridiculous demand for school places here. If you don't put your name down, most likely you'd get a place in a school 20-30 minutes away from you, rather than the one down the road. I signed my son up when he turned 1, but a lot of people have told me I'm quite late



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 20:04 PM   6
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I would phone and ask to go along and meet the head teacher.

Our system here is a bit different. There isn't such a thing as "putting your name down" for a school. You apply in the 18 months before they are due to start and make choices of which school you want to go to. It's not a "first come first served" kind of thing, (TBH it surprises me if that is the case elsewhere in the state system )

I recently went along to see our local head teacher to discuss Abby going to his school, but we need to start early as she will need special assistance and it can take a good long while for the wheels to turn in that respect.

eta: Just doing some digging on the internet, and it appears that most applications for schools are dealt with by central council departments not schools, and having your name on a list isn't relevant in that process at all, the criteria are with catchment, other siblings at the school etc. What may be confusing the issue is nursery provision. That is usually done individually and on a waiting list basis, so perhaps people are mixing the two up.



 
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Old Sep 9th, 2011, 20:05 PM   7
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I live in Wales and want Evie to go in the Welsh stream in a dual stream school and was told to put her name down when she was 4 months old!

My friends' kids are all going in the English stream and they don't need to register until the year they go to school! Strange one eh?!

Hope that helps



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2011, 13:28 PM   8
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Thanks all, my friend put her LO down last year! Going to speak to her properly later because she said she went to county hall to put his name down not the school like you said Foogirl, so confusing lol



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2011, 13:35 PM   9
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I put my childs name down at a school in South Africa when she was 18 months old - while the school starts at age 3, she will only get in the year she turns 6 as there is then a second class - she is 6th on the waiting list right now. I have heard of private schools nearby where you get your child in by applying with an ultrasound photo long before the baby is even born!



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2011, 21:32 PM   10
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For mine I applied for preschool as soon as they were born! But when my eldest starts school at almost 5, I have to apply the september a year ahead. For example, his last year at preschool (september 2012 until the cutoff which is usually January2013). Also depends when they were born etc most do it through council websites now



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