Up here we have to send our kids to the school in which our houses fall into catchment areas. Some are the most bizarre catchment area, passing 1 or 2 schools to get to the catchment school
Ella's catchment school is Blacklaw - which will be a 1 mile walk over the main expressway twice, when there are another 2 school (Maxwellton where she goes to nursery and the building in which I work and Hunter) which are closer, and not over Expressways.
At the time of registering our kids we can request to send the children to a different school.
I was reading in our local paper that over 100 placing requests have been refused this year in East Kilbride alone, with the rest of SLC refusing only another 97! Yes EK is the biggest town, but all the other towns together is about double the number of schools of Ek. In the papers over the last few weeks, there have been several parents complaining about placing requests. One mum was facing having her 3 children in a different town for school next year - one in East Kilbride, one at an Autism placement High School in Hamilton, and another in a Sen placement in Rutherglen. She lives in East Kilbride!!! Another, also with a Autistic child, is facing having her Autistic child in the Murray Base - leaving in a taxi between 8.15 and 8.45 and another child going to a mainstream school almost 3 miles away at the other end of East Kilbride - also having to be picked up at the same time in a taxi!
Seriously do the idiots who work in SLC think this is appropriate for children. It now has me dreading this time next year. Ella's catchment school is completely unsuitable for me to take her, or get her collected while I am at work. Plus I refuse to let my 4 year old cross over a double Expressway with no crossing patrols to get to school, when I am driving to a school that is closer to her home anyway.
Gonna have to cross everything for the next year to hope she gets into Maxi. Right no more competitions for me - have to keep all my luck for this time next year just in case