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​Parental Preference​​

Under the School Admissions Code  and School Standards and Framework Act 1998 parents are able to submit parental preferences for school places for their children. 

Section 576 of Education Act 1996 defines “parent” as including any person” (a) who is not a parent of his but who has parental responsibility for him, or (b) who has care of him…”. Where parents are either separated or do not live together but still have joint parental responsibility for a child, both parents are entitled to express a school preference for their child.

​Where a different school preference is expressed the parents would be informed of this and either asked to make an agreed decision on the school preference or alternatively asked to have the issue of the school preference resolved by a legal ruling by the family court.  ​


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