When the Council are not able to give your child a place in the school you want, you are provided with the reason for this in your letter.
The reason is one of those explained below and allowed by law.
(There is a copy of the law detailed in the extract from Section 28c of the Education (Scotland) Act which is also enclosed with your letter)
The Council does not have to admit your child to the school of your choice if any of the following apply:-
Pupil numbers in the school would exceed the capacity agreed for the school by the council
The authority would require to employ another teacher
The accommodation at the school would need to be altered or significant money spent
At a later stage in the school another class would have to be created or another teacher employed
The child does not have the additional support needs requiring education or special facilities normally provided at a special school
Likely to be detrimental to order and discipline in the school
Likely to be seriously detrimental to the education and wellbeing of pupils attending the school
If your child's education would suffer from moving school.
The Council can refuse to provide a place if they think for some reason the wellbeing of children attending the school will be affected.
The education normally provided at the specified school is not suited to the age, ability or aptitude of the child
Placing the child in this school would prevent the education authority from retaining reserved places for catchment children
The specified school is a single sex school (with meaning given to expression by the Section 26 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975) and the child is not of the sex admitted or taken (under that section) to be admitted to the school.
Under Section 28C(1) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 parents whose placing request has been refused are entitled to appeal against this decision to an appeal committee set up by the City Council. Appeal committee members are drawn from representatives of the City Council and from local attendance councils. (The local attendance council consists of representatives from school boards).
The Make an Appeal [272kb] document outlines in general terms how to lodge an appeal and gives background information on how an appeal should be handled.