On the 1st November last year I submitted an application for a Primary School place for P2. This was the first day that the application process was open and we already knew which three schools we would be putting down so it was pointless to wait.
Applying this time, a second time, felt different. We didn’t view any schools or go to any open events. We knew that we wanted P2 to go to the same school as P1 and we were nearly certain we’d be ok due to the Siblings criteria being met.
When we applied for P1s school when we were living in Essex, things were quite different. I viewed three local schools and we definitely had our preferences. We wanted a small school for P1 so that she wouldn’t get worn out with her hypermobility problems. We stupidly only put one school down on the admissions applications.
We didn’t get the school we wanted. Long story cut very short, we appealed, went to a hearing and it got denied. P1 was then offered a place in a school we hadn’t viewed just one week before they were due to start. But it opened up our eyes for the second time round and helped us understand the criterias. Appealing is more often than not, pointless.
The 18th April came round so quickly but I hadn’t really given the day much thought. I remember being so nervous for P1s offer of school place. This time, we were preoccupied by life and also had a blog event to attend that day. Our minds were distracted come 4pm when emails were expected to start being sent out.
I actually received our email at 4:41pm but didn’t get a chance to read it until after 6pm! We got our first place, the same school as P1 and we are thrilled. I felt a weight lifted that I didn’t even realise was there. We immediately told P2, text our family and celebrated in the car on our way home.
P1s school is getting completely rebuilt and should be ready for when P2 starts. P2 thinks it’s a school being built for her and is really excited about going. Every morning for the past few weeks she’s been asking if it is time to go to big school. I am so excited for September and for her to find herself in her school career.
Did you get your first choice for school admissions? Do you have any whacky stories about the school application process? I’d love to hear!