A PUBLIC meeting has been called for parents of children at schools in Calderdale.
Tomorrow's meeting is about an admissions policy which Calderdale Council wants to adopt.
Some parents say the "ranked preference" system means parents' choice will be cut.
Also, parents run a risk of not being offered a place at any of their three preferred school if their child is unsuccessful with their first choice.
The Government wants councils to submit their chosen new school admissions scheme by April 15.
Parent Tony Kelly said he was worried that very few parents knew about the proposed new system as the council had not consulted them about the decision.
If it is approved, it will affect from next autumn all children applying for primary and secondary school places for the September, 2005, entry.
Parents will not know the outcome of the preferred choice or admission test results until March 1 of the entrance year, said Mr Kelly.
This would leave many parents facing a mad scramble for any places left, he added.
He said the frustrating thing was the council had a choice and could have opted for an equal rank system.
Under that system - which Kirklees Council plans to use - all schools named on the form would consider how a child fitted their entry requirements.
"If this resulted in more than one school place, the council would then offer parents the highest ranking choice," said Mr Kelly.
Tomorrow's meeting is at 6.30pm in St Jude's Church Hall, Free School Lane, Savile Park, Halifax. For details, contact Tony Kelly at ap.Kelly@virgin.net