The entire process of ´points´ that are allocated if a school has more applicants than available spots, to determine who will be admitted and who not, explained HERE in Spanish.
Your child has a right to access to education, but not a right to be admitted to the school of your choice, not when considering public or ´privados concertados´ schools, anyway.
You can appeal in various stages of the application process. Firstly when the school publishes the allocation of preference points, you can appeal with the school board if you don´t agree within 10 days of publication. And secondly when the list of allocated places is published, with the exclusions and waiting list. You would need to appeal with the Consejero de Educación, Cultura y Deporte in this case, within 30 days.
It is also useful to know that the school can apply a Royal Decree (article 2) that allows the ratio of children to be admitted in one class, to be enlarged by a maximum of 20%. This means that if the classes usually contain 25 students, and your child is one of the first 5 on the waiting list, there is a good chance you can still get him/her admitted if you appeal to the school board and the town´s ´delegado de educación´ to apply this ´amplificación del ratio´. Valid for primary and secondary schools that are financed with public funds.
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