Dacorum parents under pressure as number of days they have to respond over child school places is to be HALVED
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THE number of days parents have to respond after being offered a school place for their child is to be HALVED.
Every year, parents express a number of preferences for the for primary or secondary schools they want their children to attend.
And where schools are over-subscribed, those applications are ranked – according to a range of factors that include distance between home and school.
When places are allocated, parents currently have 14 days to decide whether to accept the place they’ve been offered – or not. So places are available to other students.
But from next year (2025/26) Herts Council has agreed to cut the time parents can hold on to a place before deciding – to seven days.
It’s one of number of ‘minor’ amendments to the process, that education officials say will ‘provide greater clarity and effectiveness’.
And they were agreed by a meeting of the county council’s cabinet on Monday (September 18).