There have been a few subtle changes to oversubscription criteria according to the 2009 Admission Arrangements document, see: http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/moderngov/Pub ... ocA.ps.pdf
"Rule three, the â€˜sibling ruleâ€™ has been clarified to ensure, for immediate (casual) in-year admissions, siblings in all year groups are included
"Within the fifth admission rule (â€˜the exceptional ruleâ€™), â€˜educational reasonsâ€™ as grounds for priority admission has been deleted and now the rule only includes children with exceptional medical or social reasons. This is in line with the phrasing in the code, which prohibits giving priority on the basis of particular interests, specialist knowledge and hobbies, and particular educational aptitudes such as sport or music that might be well provided for at a particular school
I am interested in the implications of these changes with regard to transfer appeals. Does the second point relating to specialism mean, for example, that a child who has a particular aptitude for a subject that is claimed as a specialism by a school (e.g. science, music, sport) would no longer be able to present this as a factor at a transfer appeal for that particular school?
With regard to the first point regarding siblings - if a qualifying child with a "non-eligible" sibling - i.e. in Y11 or Y12 of the school being appealed for - is refused a place at transfer appeal on grounds of distance, would that child then go to the top of the waiting list after September 1st when the application would presumably count as an immediate (casual) in-year admission, or would a new application need to be lodged?
Any ideas welcome!