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I've just been reading this article on the BBC

'No meat' Hindu school place offer 'outrages' parents

and I am wondering what position are the parents left in, under UK law. Consider for example, like in the story, a child (let's say 4) doesn't get into any of their six preferred schools. They are offered another school that is unsuitable for any reason you like (faith school, trouble with gangs, too far away to be practical).

What are the parents' options? Doesn't the law say they MUST have their child in education? Is home schooling possible? Can the state tell them that their child must go to a school that has been allocated, regardless of their wishes?

EDIT: I'm not asking about the legal position specifically. I'm asking what the parents' options are. Somebody must have experienced this before surely? Many places don't have enough schools for the local population so what happens when they are all full?

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closed as off-topic by Joe, Karl Bielefeldt Jul 3 '14 at 14:55

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a legal matter rather than parenting. – Karl Bielefeldt Jul 3 '14 at 14:55
I think it's an interesting question, though. I'll put some of my thoughts in Parenting Chat. – Karl Bielefeldt Jul 3 '14 at 14:56
This happened to a friend of mine. You get allocated at random to a nearby school that has places. Given that they have places available implies it isn't the best school in the area. If that school doesn't suit, you can apply to other state schools, send them to a private school, or even home school. In most cases the child will end up at a somewhat worse school than the parents originally hoped. – paj28 Jul 5 '14 at 18:13
I've just reviewed this question. I admit the topic is interesting, but this site is not a forum. You do not discuss things here. Visit the parenting chat to do so. – Dariusz Jul 10 '14 at 11:51
To the extent that it's not a legal question, it's too specific for this site; and I believe that it's likely intended to elicit discussion of the legal matters primarily. – Joe Jul 10 '14 at 22:37