Together – Thurs 12th June #WOTW

By | June 12, 2014

After our brilliant news last night:


I’ve been trying to think of a word that is going to sum up our absolute roller coaster of a week, a word that’s not roller coaster that is.

I decided on:


And here’s why:

1. The appeals meeting on Monday for T’s secondary school place was hard going (click here for details), I didn’t think we had any chance of success but we went in there together, determined to try our best.

We (Hubbie and I) spent the whole day together, an overview meeting in the morning, a “how do we approach this” chat over lunch and then nervously approaching the panel meeting where we set out our case.

So glad we were together and united.

2. Tuesday brought some time with T as D was at after-school club, he is a mature head on young shoulders but very prone to toilet humour. We’re both looking forward to introducing him to the late, great Rik Mayall in a few years, he will giggle away at the sketches.

3. Wednesday saw T and his school football team win a carnival tournament, they played brilliantly together as a team. Later on we all went to a SN soft play evening, all together, having fun and laughs (post here).

4. And then the email which came through last night but not read until 2am. We did it! Our son now has a secondary school place in a fantastic school, obtained on appeal, we are so, so chuffed. Of course I had to wake Hubbie up and tell him, both a tad tired this evening, but so happy for T. We did it, together!

Part of me doesn’t believe that we’ve achieved this, part of me is thinking that the email is meant for someone else, that a mistake has been made. Once the official confirmation comes through it will be a whirlwind of transition visits, meeting (I hope) with the SENco, uniform, school bus sorting and everything else. It’s going to be a very busy last few weeks of T’s primary school education but, blimey, it’s worth it!

The Reading Residence
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Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe on 13th June 2014 at 6:30 am.

Congratulations on the news of your sons school, it must be a relief! Together is a great word x #WotW


Jeannette on 13th June 2014 at 10:38 am.

Thank you, relief is definitely the word. So, so pleased that we appealed x


Kelly Finn on 13th June 2014 at 6:46 am.

Ahhhh wow congratulations! What fabulous news and I adore your word. #WOTW


Jeannette on 13th June 2014 at 10:39 am.

Thank you, we’re incredibly pleased with the news x


Hannah Clarke on 13th June 2014 at 7:11 am.

Congratulations and a very appropriate #wotw indeed. Great news for you all xx #PoCoLo


Jeannette on 13th June 2014 at 10:39 am.

Thanks Hannah x


Redpeffer on 13th June 2014 at 9:36 am.

Brilliant-so please for you all x


Jeannette on 13th June 2014 at 10:40 am.

Thanks Iona, so very relieved that we’ve been allocated a place, it’s a brilliant school and T will do very well x


Kim Carberry on 13th June 2014 at 10:47 am.

That is great news about the appeal!! I’m so pleased for you and for T!


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:16 am.

Thank you, it’s such a relief!


Merlinda Little on 13th June 2014 at 12:07 pm.

Awww congrats with the school appeal. So many things you can accomplish when you have someone and you work things out together =) #wotw


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:17 am.

Thanks Merlinda, it was a (very) stressful time but…yay!


Stephanie Robinson on 13th June 2014 at 1:00 pm.

Great news, it’s always nice to know appeals actually work some of the time!


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:17 am.

Thanks, we weren’t expecting to be successful but hoped we would 🙂


Faded Seaside Mama on 14th June 2014 at 9:28 am.

Congratulations! Must be such a relief to have achieved this, and so much better to have done it together.


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:18 am.

Thanks, it’s a massive relief 🙂


Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 15th June 2014 at 10:27 am.

Hooray! Fantastic news, so very pleased for you all. Great word and approach, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:19 am.

Thanks J, we figured that we’d got this far so we might as well just be honest and open, rather than moan (which I suspect quite a few others did). So very pleased!


Sarah on 15th June 2014 at 5:51 pm.

oh wow!!! congratulations!! we went through all of this with my youngest 3 years ago. It was the worse 4 months. The stress and heart ache one goes through to get our children into our chosen schools. The worse thing for us, 2 of our girls we’re already in this school, but they (admissions team) didn’t allow M to get in… we appealed and lost…………. 2 days before Reception year started, M got a place due to someone moving out the area!! so much empathy!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


Jeannette on 16th June 2014 at 6:21 am.

Oh gosh, thank you! What a relief you eventually got there too. I was steering myself for a refusal and knew how absolutely gutted we’d all be. Glad you got a place eventually too 🙂


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