19 September 2011
Can you hear the shouting and swearing?
I'm tearing my hair out.
I'm applying for primary school places for my boys. Due to our amazing luck we have not one, but two children starting school a year from now. They are brothers, not twins.
I'm guessing that some of my readers are also applying this year and some have already been through it, possibly many times. This is my one shot at the process.
When I was a girl you went to the local school and that was that. Well, unless you went to a private school and that's not on our agenda.
So I can choose three schools and rank them in order of preference. How does this help when they are all over-subscribed? If we don't get into our first choice school then we don't stand a chance of getting into either of the other two. We are in the catchment area for our first choice. It is the closest school. My boys now attend the nursery class. I want them to go to this school. It is our local school, yet we may not get places.
Here's the kicker. The local authority are under no obligation to place both of my children (or twins or other multiples) at the same school. How can I possibly be in two places at the same time to drop them off and pick them up?
Isn't this a crazy system? Where is my supposed choice?
Let's not even start on the shoddy online application process that must have been programmed by cretins. Or monkeys. Or cretinous monkeys.
Anyway, I have submitted my applications and now must wait until 4th April 2012 to find out where my boys will go to school. If the school isn't local, this will then have a knock-on effect as they could be placed into a primary school that feeds into a different secondary school.
I feel utterly powerless.