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Published by Carol Musgrave at 7:23am 16th April 2019. (Updated at 8:27am 16th April 2019)

Parents of four-year-olds in Surrey and Hampshire are finding out if their children have secured a place at their chosen school.

Today is 'National Offer Day' for primary-aged pupils - for those starting reception in September.

Online applicants will be informed by email - in Surrey, they will be told this evening, as will parents in the county who have downloaded the mobile app 'ParentsComms.'

Paper applicants will be posted a letter today.

What to do next:

The next step is to accept or decline the place.

Surrey County Council requires parents to reply to the offer by April 30 2019, either by logging in, if it was an online application, or buy post if it was a paper application.

The council says it strongly recommends accepting the offer, even if it is not your first choice, to ensure your child has a school place.

It also says this "will not negatively affect your child's position on any waiting list for other schools, nor the outcome of any appeal."

Hampshire parents need to reply to the offer by taking evidence of their address - such as a gas, water, electricity or council tax bill, a recent bank or credit card statement, or store card statement - and their child's date of birth - birth certificate or passport - to the school within two weeks.

If you have moved house in Hampshire you also need to show a solicitor's letter confirming exchange of contracts, or a signed tenancy agreement (usually for 12 months).

Hampshire County Council also asks that they be notified in writing if the school place is no longer needed so it can be offered to another child.

If you want to go on a waiting list:

In Surrey, you can add your child's name to one or more waiting lists, which are ranked according to each school's admission criteria.

From May 9 you can contact the council at 0300 200 1004 to find out waiting list positions for all community and voluntary controlled schools.

For all other academies and foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools you should contact the school directly.

In Hampshire, if you are refused a place, your child's name will be automatically added to the waiting list of any school named on your application that was higher than the school allocated.

Hampshire County Council says parents need to let them know if they want their children's names taken off lists of any of their preferred schools.

To find out your child's position on the waiting list contact the school or the Hampshire County Council's County Admissions Team.

Appealing a decision:

In Surrey you can appeal against a decision, if your child is not offered a preferred place and does not have an education, health and car plan.

You must do this by the deadlines shown in the appeals timetable or the dates set out against each school.

In Hampshire any parent who has been refused a school place for their child has the right to appeal.

Appeals in Hampshire will be heard during the summer term. You need to visit each school's website for details of their timetable.


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