Coronavirus changes may impact your request to change schools

If your family want you to attend a school other than your local school, they may have made a placing request* to your local council to ask if you can attend the school they think is right for you. Because of coronavirus it may take longer to find out the council’s decision about whether you can go or not.

*If you are 16 or over you can make a placing request yourself.

When are decisions about which school a pupil can attend usually made?

Normally councils make decisions about placing requests by 30 April.

What do coronavirus changes mean for my placing request?

Because of the coronavirus, councils now have until the 31 May to let your family know their decision. Councils now have longer to look at appeals which means, in some cases, the final decision about which school you go to may not be made until later in the summer.

Worries

I’m feeling worried about not knowing which school I’ll be going to next year.

Which school you are going to next year is a big deal and it’s OK to feel anxious about not knowing. Here’s some info that might help:

  1. Because of coronavirus lots of things have changed but most local councils will be trying to make decisions about placing requests as quickly as they can.
  2. Once you know which school you are going to your family can get in touch with them to find out what they can do to make your move go as smoothly as possible.
  3. You may get a chance to speak to teachers or visit your new school. If schools are still closed they might be able to show you pictures or take you on a virtual tour. Your new school will want to make you feel as welcome as they can.
  4. If your council decide you should stay at the school you are at or go to your local school your family can get in touch with the them to talk about the support you will need next year.
  5. The most important thing is to try to tell somebody about how you are feeling – a friend or someone in your family. We’ve got lots of advice about coping with anxiety on our My learning and support during coronavirus page.
  6. If you feel your school hasn’t been able to give you the support you need, and you are aged 12 – 15, you can get in touch with My Rights, My Say who can help you speak to your school about what you need. Here’s Pauline from My Rights, My Say to explain how they can help you.

Remember that schools and support staff are working hard to help families through challenging times during coronavirus.

If you want more info about your rights to support in school check out the Know my rights page of this website.