D-Day for pupils as secondary school places are announced

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THOUSANDS of schoolchildren and parents in Leeds will start finding out from Monday if they have got the secondary school places of choice for the next academic year.

Education bosses will be offering 7,541 high school places to children across the city.

Families then have four weeks to decide whether to accept the place they are offered, to refuse or to appeal the decision.

A Leeds city council spokesman said: “Parents will be asked to accept or refuse the offer by March 28 and information on how to do this will be in their offer letter. If you are considering refusing the place, parents should remember that place may then be offered to someone else, and you may not be able to get another place at that school at a later date.”

Parents who have applied for places online will receive their offer by email. For those who used a paper form to apply, offers will be posted to the home address by second class post, which can take up to a week to arrive.

Those who do not agree with the place they have been offered can appeal the decision.

For community schools, apply through Leeds Admissions. For academy, voluntary-aided or foundation schools, the school may need to be contacted direct. Forms can be downloaded from the documents section of the council’s website. A list of schools that arrange their own appeals can also be downloaded.

Appeals are heard by independent panels.

Contact the Admissions Team via 0113 222 4414 or www.leeds.gov.uk.

The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) provides free, independent advice on the admissions and appeals process. Visit www.ace-ed.org.uk or phone 0300 0115 142.

*Offers of Leeds primary school places will be sent out on April 16, with a deadline of May 22 to accept or refuse.

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