i must say that I do not understand this. Why would the appeal be accepted if there was not chance of it being upheld? I believed the Headteachers appeal to be part of the assessment not the appeal and no one else has mentioned this. Does this mean that we have no chance at any other appeal? The board also do not know if the Head has appealed which is why they ask you.
Every parent has the right of appeal to a school that has refused them a place. But there are limitations to the grounds that are allowable, and non-qualification in LA areas that have a non-statutory appeal system of their own means that the panel cannot consider academic evidence presented by a parent for a child who has failed the 11+.
In cases of non-qualification, where the primary Head has appealed before places are allocated, the panel can only look at whether the assessment process has been carried out in a fair and consistent manner.
If the Appeals Panels have been given the correct legal advice, the situation should be repeated.
You will see that Bucks have dropped their local review/assessment procedures because of the new Appeals Code and parents can still appeal against non-qualification provided a local non-statutory process has not been utilised.
In my view, the change to testing before expressing preferences on the CAF has opened up a hornets nest for parents. For secondary entry in 2009, County will be instructing primary heads to advise parents whose children have not passed the 11+ not to apply to grammar schools on the CAF because they know there are no grounds for appeal on non-qualification.
If we have realised the full ramifications of the Admissions Consultation to move to early testing we might not have voted for it.