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Most city parents fail over school appeals.

Byline: Lucy Lynch Education reporter

MOST parents in Coventry who go to appeal over primary school places find themselves on the losing side.

The parents of just seven children won appeals after failing to get their first choice primary school for their child, new figures reveal. A legal limit of 30 on infant class sizes means in most appeals schools have to say no to an extra child.

Altogether the parents of 155 children appealed. There were 115 who lost and who had to put up with a school which wasn't first choice.

The parents of 19 children changed their minds part of the way through the process and withdrew their appeals. And the parents of 14 children were offered places at their preferred school while they were waiting for the appeal so they cancelled the appeal meeting.

In secondary schools success rate was better. The parents of 299 children appealed against the secondary school places they were offered.

There were 51 who won and 184 who lost their appeals. The parents of 35 children were offered the place at the school they wanted while they were waiting for the appeal so the appeal meeting was cancelled. And 29 people changed their minds about going to appeal and withdrew. A Coventry City Council spokesman said: "When a child is not offered a place at the school they applied to their parents have the right to appeal the decision to an independent panel.

"The small number of upheld primary appeals reflects the law on infant class sizes which makes it difficult for a parent's case to succeed in schools where classes are organised in multiples of 30 (which is the picture in the majority of our schools). The majority of the appeals upheld for secondary schools were for academies and we are not involved in the process." In Warwick-Warwickshire, the parents of 250 children starting their first year of primary school appealed against the school they were allocated.

So far 185 of them have been heard. There were 35 successful appeals and 150 unsuccessful ones. The parents of 277 children appealed against the school allocated to their children. There are 213 which have been heard so far. There were 127 successful appeals and 86 unsuccessful ones.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 26, 2014
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