Of the schools you are interested in, think about how you might fit into the criteria of that school. If you are in the catchment area or have a sibling already at the school, you'll stand a good chance of getting a place. If however, you only qualify in the distance criteria for a school, your chances of successfully getting a place may be less, particularly for schools that are regularly oversubscribed.
If your child/young person has an EHC plan, then your preference of school should be named on the plan - and therefore admitted to that setting - unless; it would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or the attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources. This is true for ANY of the following qualifying institution:
It's important to think about how your child will get to the schools that you choose.
If you are considering applying for home to school travel assistance, the Local Authority will take parental preference of school into account in determining whether they can offer assistance. For example, if you choose a school which is not considered to be the nearest suitable school, then the Local Authority may have no duty to provide transport. Full details and copies of the home to school transport policy are available.
Schools and colleges are now able to offer a wide range of subjects to suit individual learning, with the likes of foundation vocational courses and BTECs being offered alongside more traditional GCSE/A level courses. To find out about a school or colleges current curriculum offer, details are available on their websites or from the institution themselves.
An educational setting is often at the centre of most children and young people's socialising. Many parents worry about their children being apart from friends made in previous settings; alternatively, they may wish to be kept apart from other children they met at a previous setting! If your child's friends are going to a setting which may not suit your child/young person in other ways (e.g. curriculum, extra-curricular activities, environment etc), remember they may make new friends in a setting they feel more comfortable in.
Another thing to remember is that although someone might say they are going to a particular school/college, there is no guarantee that they will be successful in getting a place there.