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    Default Not getting into local primary school .. prep

    This is more just a vent really .. my daughter is due to start prep next year. I sent in her enrolment papers for the local primary school, which is a 5-10 minute walk away, and today I received a letter saying sorry, too bad so sad but we are full, you'll have to try another school or go on the waiting list.
    The closest goverment school apart from this one is a 10 minute drive .. and i don't particularly want to have to get 3 small children in the car every morning to drive to school if we can help it.
    i called this afternoon to go on the waiting list and the office lady was so rude and horrible about it, complaining about how many people were trying to enrol at the school .. i know there are people who live much further away than we do who have been accepted, it just seems to unfair DD will have to go to a school in a different local area to where we live, and all her friends etc
    anyway, as i said, just a vent! its nice to get it out of my head!!

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    Yes it sucks doesn't it. Even for a public school you need to get their names down when they are still babies! Is it a zoned school?

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    It is frustrating. I had no idea that getting into schools could be so complicated and i wish someone had told me, when my kids were babies, to get them on the lists asap - it's something i never even thought of.

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    I thought if you are in their zone they have to take them?

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    If you are in Victoria and in the the school zone for a state primary school then legally they have to take you - schools cannot turn students away when they are in that school zone. There are no "waiting lists" for students in appropriate school zones. Not sure about other states though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    If you are in Victoria and in the the school zone for a state primary school then legally they have to take you - schools cannot turn students away when they are in that school zone. There are no "waiting lists" for students in appropriate school zones. Not sure about other states though.
    That's what I've been told too.

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    Oh no op that sucks. I never knew about this.

    Anyone know what the deal is in SA? Would i need to put my DD down now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShanandBoc View Post
    Oh no op that sucks. I never knew about this.

    Anyone know what the deal is in SA? Would i need to put my DD down now?

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    I'm not sure about other states but it would be highly unlikely that it would be much different given that state schools are there to service the educational needs of the local students - if it's you local school then it's there for your child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    If you are in Victoria and in the the school zone for a state primary school then legally they have to take you - schools cannot turn students away when they are in that school zone. There are no "waiting lists" for students in appropriate school zones. Not sure about other states though.
    It's the same in NSW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    If you are in Victoria and in the the school zone for a state primary school then legally they have to take you - schools cannot turn students away when they are in that school zone. There are no "waiting lists" for students in appropriate school zones. Not sure about other states though.
    Thank you for this. I am in Victoria and we are definitely within their zone, although they tell me they aren't 'zoned' as such. I just called the department of education, and they told me pretty much the same thing as you - as its our closest neighbourhood school, my children have a 'natural right' to attend. They advised me to write a letter to the principal, letting him know I have spoken to the department and see what happens. She was lovely, she said if they still won't take DD, they will follow it up on my behalf with the school. So fingers crossed!!! although now they might peg me as one of 'those' parents before she's even enrolled ....

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