So at midnight last night everyone got their email to tell them which school their child had got into. I waited up to check , midnight came and so did the email.. Thankfully Daisy got into her first choice! I was relived, I had half expected her to be accepted anyway as her older sister goes to the school and we live just over the road, had Lily not already been there the outcome could have been not so pleasant.
The second thing I did was stalk the other mums awaiting their yes or no answer on Facebook. The first parent wrote that her child hadn’t got in, the second also wrote that their child hadn’t got in, then third parent wrote that their child hadn’t got in.. I must have seen several disappointed Facebook status before seeing one parent posting that their child had got in.
I quickly realised that one of the parents lives on the same estate I live on, two streets behind my house to be exact and their daughter hadn’t got in! This most certainly meant Daisys best friend at nursery hadn’t got in either, she lived further away. I was heartbroken. I wrote a private message to her mum and said if she wanted any help with the appeal I’m here to help! I could see she hadn’t been active on Facebook for a few hours so didn’t await a response.
I laid in bed, I couldn’t sleep! I was so upset for all the parents that I’d seen hadn’t had their childs place offered to them. These were my daughters friends! Friends that she has such good close relationships with, they would be now be taken away from her. I guess I shouldn’t moan really, this could have been us without a place!
Eventually I fell asleep. I woke to a reply to the message I had sent. It was worse than I thought! Not only had she not been offered her first place, but she hadn’t been offered any of the choices she had requested. She had been offered a place at a school in a complete different post code! She was devastated. Heartbroken. Confused. Surly the point in the system is that you get at least one of the chosen choices. She had expected to possibly not get into her first choice. She didn’t live next door, she didn’t have any other children already attending the school but she did expect her second choice. Her second choice is a 5 minute walk from her house, it would be classed as her local school. She can see the school from her garden! It seems strange. We discussed her options over messages then I set of to school
Arriving at nursery with Daisy was just awful. So many sad faced parents. It seems that only children that had been offered their first choice were children with a sibling already in the school. I then learned that nobody had received their second, third or forth choice! I find that so strange! Has an error been made?
I believe the system needs to change, new builds are built with no additional schooling in our area on what seems like a regular basis. Since my eldest daughter Lily was offered her place 5 years ago, 3 estates have been built surrounding the estate in which I live. Where on earth are all those children supposed to go?
I hope for all the parents that were disappointed this morning either grow to love their given schools, find alternatives or win on their appeals!
It makes me realise just how lucky we were!