I need some advice for my daughter’s school place appeals process, hoping someone can help
We’ve just moved to a new area and my daughter (in year 3) needed to change schools. I applied for an exceptional circumstances place because of my MS and I’m her primary care giver and responsible for getting her to and from school.
There is a primary school 6 minutes walk from our house but as the class was full we were given a school place at a junior school 20mins walk away. The council won’t count my MS as an ‘exceptional circumstance’ as they’ve said ‘any school could provide for the needs of our family’.
I did provide letters from my MS nurse and GP when I applied stating why we needed the most local primary school.
I also have a son who is starting reception next September and he is likely to get into the local primary school but my daughter would still be at the junior school making drop offs and picks ups exhausting even on a good day.
I was only diagnosed with RRMS in March but I’ve had 5 relapses in the last 12 months which severely impacted my ability to walk and drive. I have no family in the country, know no-one at the new school and my husband works full time so pretty much on my own for all things school related
Has anyone gone through the appeals process because of their MS? Any tips or suggestions? The appeal is on the 4th of November, absolutely dreading it. The though of explaining to a room of strangers my uncertain health future makes me weep :(.