What To Do if You Don’t Get Your School of Choice for Your Child
You have spent all that time carefully weighing up all the school options for your child, ,applying, going to open evenings, and now suddenly it feels like someone has punched you in the stomach when you hear that you didn’t get the school of choice for them.
Take a deep breath first of all. And know you are not alone, this happens to many families. We’ve put together a few suggestions for what you can do next should this happen to you.
#1. Don’t Panic
First of all, do not panic. If you do, you may panic your child as well. Accept the offer you have received, so your child at least has a place at a school and review your options.
My daughter was on a waiting list for our first school of choice, just in case she wasn’t offered a place we researched other schools too. Luckily we did as she ended up going to a different school which offered her more of the subjects choices she wanted.
#2. Remember That You Are Not Alone
In the UK 1 in 5 children could miss out on their school of choice this year. There are no numbers available for Irish families, but knowing others are experiencing the same problem does help, you are not alone.
Remember, it’s worth checking with your child’s friends parents to see what their situation is as they may also have been offered a place at a different school too.