What to do after offer day

You have submitted an online application for your child’s reception school place.

As you will be aware, school places will be offered on Monday 16 April 2018.

This update is to provide you with some useful information about the process and point you to additional support that will be available online.

1) Offer emails

As you applied online, you will be sent an email informing you which school has been offered to your child. Emails will be sent on Monday 16 April and you will receive your email any time up to 5.15pm. You will also receive this offer by letter from Tuesday 17 April.

Please do not contact Birmingham City Council before you have received the offer of a school place.

The School Admissions team will be unable to inform you which school place has been offered to your child by phone or email. You must be in receipt of your offer email or offer letter before contacting the School Admissions team.

2) Accepting the offer

The email and letter you receive will name the school your child has been offered for September 2018.

If your child has not been offered a place at any of the schools you applied for, this will be because the school(s) received more applications than there were places available and other children met the admission criteria better than your child. Details of each school’s admission criteria are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions

The offer letter will explain how to accept or refuse the offer that has been made;

  • If your child has been offered a place at a school in Birmingham, you should return the acceptance slip to the school.
  • If your child has been offered a place at a school outside Birmingham, you should return the acceptance slip to School Admissions. The deadline for acceptances is 30 April 2018.

You are strongly encouraged to accept the offer so that your child has a guaranteed place for September 2018. By not accepting the offer, you could risk losing the place as this may be given to a child on the waiting list for that school.  Accepting the offer will not affect your child’s waiting list position for any of your higher preference schools, or influence the outcome of any appeal you may submit.

3) Waiting lists

If you do not receive an offer of a place at your higher preference schools your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting lists for those schools.

Please note that waiting lists are compiled in the same order as the oversubscription criteria, eg siblings first, etc. Late applicants are also added according to this order, so your child’s name could move down as well as up a waiting list. Having a place on the waiting list is no guarantee that a place will become available.

Information on waiting list positions will not be available until 14 May 2018, when we have received acceptances from parents. 

From 14 May 2018, you can contact the Children’s Advice Service on 0121 303 1888 who will let you know who holds the waiting list for the school you want (either School Admissions or the school itself). Waiting list advice will not be available before this to allow time for offers to be accepted and refused.

The Admissions Team will contact you if a school place becomes available for your child from a waiting list.

4) Appeals

If you are considering the possibility of submitting an appeal, please read the advice regarding appeals on the School Admissions website carefully. You can only appeal against the refusal of a place at a school you applied for.

Appeals are heard and decided by panels who are completely independent of the Council and the school(s) you may appeal for. Consider the likelihood of your appeal being successful. For example, were you realistic with the preferences you submitted for your child? Appeals are generally only successful if you or your child have exceptional reasons for needing admission to a particular school. There are no guarantees that any appeal will be successful (see below for the number heard and successful for appeals administered by Birmingham City Council over the last two years).

Should you wish to appeal, the closing date for submitting your written appeal is 15 May 2018.

Appeals received by this date will be heard within 40 school days (between 15 May 2018 and 17 July 2018).

If you submit an appeal after this date, it may not be heard before the beginning of September. 

You will be able to access the appeal form online via www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions from 16 April 2018.