Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Could you please explain your situation a little more?
The query is for my grandson who will be attending secondary school this September. His parents applied for a school some distance away but have not been allocated a place. Due to an oversight they did not name the local school as their second choice. They have been told there is not a place there as it is full.
Is there a legal right to attend a school locally - yes. But there is also a legal right to attend school outside the area.
They applied for one outside of the area, which is fine they have a right.
But if they did not select a local one as second choice, sadly that is not the fault of the Local Authority
You can't make the Local Authority liable for something that someone else did not do
Therefore on the basis they did not nominate a second choice, they can not demand a local school now, even if it was an oversight.
If the school is full, they can't simply demand a place.
What they can do is write and appeal the decision if they wish
The appeal will be heard by a panel.
But I think based on the fact they did not put a second choice they may be in difficulty.
They could complain to the Local Government Ombudsman
They investigate complaints and are independent. They offer a free service at: www.lgo.org.uk
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
No thanks Alex that is clear, thank you for your advice