Mak­ing a de­ci­sion on school­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Dou­glas Dickie

Par­ents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who want to send their chil­dren to a school out­side their catch­ment zone still have time to make a plac­ing re­quest.

But they are be­ing warned there will be no guar­an­tees they will get a place at the school of their choice.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say they will have made de­ci­sions on re­quests made be­fore March 15 by the end of this month.

Any re­quests made now will see par­ents hav­ing to wait two months to find out if it has been suc­cess­ful.

Par­ents are also re­minded that they must also regis­ter their child at their catch­ment school if they want to guar­an­tee them a place at school.

In a post on their web­site, the coun­cil say: “If you live in South La­nark­shire and de­cide to make a plac­ing re­quest, we will not re­serve a place at your catch­ment school un­til we have made a de­ci­sion on the plac­ing re­quest. If your plac­ing re­quest is not ac­cepted and all places at your lo­cal school are filled, you will be of­fered a place at the next near­est ap­pro­pri­ate South La­nark­shire school.

“If your child is due to start pri­mary one in Au­gust, you must still regis­ter your child at the catch­ment pri­mary school even if you in­tend to make a plac­ing re­quest.

“If your ap­pli­ca­tion is un­suc­cess­ful we will con­tact you and pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on what to do next. If you wish to ap­peal the de­ci­sion, you can com­plete a plac­ing re­quest ap­peal ap­pli­ca­tion form.”

The coun­cil have more in­for­ma­tion on plac­ing re­quests on their web­site.

Ed­u­ca­tion sup­port can be con­tacted on 0303 123 1023.

Warn­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are cur­rently go­ing through plac­ing re­quests

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