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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:30 am 
What influence do headteachers in Bucks have over the appeals process? Are there any alternatives to meeting with them if you want to lodge an appeal.

Our son's headteacher has inferred he will not say our son is suitable for grammar school if he misses two days of school in the next three weeks.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:05 am 
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You say he 'inferred'. I would make an appointment and ask him directly what he means - if he meant what you think he meant then I think that's unacceptable.

It's very difficult to succeed in an appeal without hte headteacher's support. Possible, but difficult.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:22 am 
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What influence do headteachers in Bucks have over the appeals process? Are there any alternatives to meeting with them if you want to lodge an appeal.

Our son's headteacher has inferred he will not say our son is suitable for grammar school if he misses two days of school in the next three weeks.


I suppose that your son's headteacher wants to discourage pupils from taking a holiday after the 11+ hard work. It may just be an empty threat, but whether is is or not, it is - in my opinion - an unforgivable thing to say.
The head recommendation is very important for appeals.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:22 am 
Anonymous wrote:
What influence do headteachers in Bucks have over the appeals process? Are there any alternatives to meeting with them if you want to lodge an appeal.

Our son's headteacher has inferred he will not say our son is suitable for grammar school if he misses two days of school in the next three weeks.


It's a shame to hear that headteachers are so influential in the decision. Our son's headteacher is not very approachable and the school ethos is at times adverserial. We are not planning on taking our son out of school at any time, but his attendance last year was poor, due mainly to illnesses and partly due to his grandmother dying. The head approved 5 days holiday in term time that we wanted to take after spending most of the Easter holidays dealing with the death. It is the only time we have ever done that. His attendance would have been within acceptable limits otherwise.


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