Thanks for your support everyone, it means a lot!.
I feel as though I've spent the last few years fighting against everyone for my DS. I believed in him even when nobody else did, & I am proud of our `Joint' achievements! It's affected me more than him, I have cried at each an every stage!. I knew it was a long shot, but I had to give it a try, otherwise I would have always wondered `What if'. It was the high level of discipline, & single sex aspect which attracted me to them, (he didn't do well enough for AGSB), having a child who has been labelled `Easily distracted, in space, so laid back that he's horizontal'.... Boys perform better in single sex environments, girls & boys brains work differently, most teachers don't know how to extract the best out of boys, to ensure they are achieving their potential.
When we went for the test it seemed like a very multi cultured school, they needed the numbers when the school was not as popular so everyone who passed was allocated a place. Non-Catholics have also been successful at appeal stage in the past. Now they have their funding, resources & academy status, they don't need us for anything else!. This year they have already offered 10 spaces over PAN at first allocations, (Only to category 7 - All Catholics) so the school is already over its capacity before they have reached appeals. If they are determined to `Ethnically cleanse' the school, they should only allow Catholic boys to sit for the test, this way the boys are not unnecessarily disappointed. My DS does not class himself as being any different to any of his RC peers!
I'm also a strong believer in fate, so I'm sure it's for the best, if that's the attitude they have, he would have been miserably for the next 6 years!
I'm sorry, I am not from this area, not particularly religious and certainly nothing to do with this school but I actually take huge offence to the implication and expression that this school is trying to "Ethnically Cleanse" the school. Please do NOT equate your child not getting a place in a school with the types of genocidical atrocities that have been taking place across the world!!
If it is a Faith School, then its admissions code will specify that they have to give priority to that particular faith. If there are an over PAN number of that Faith that apply - whether it be Catholic, Jewish or a.n.other then the school is meeting the Admissions Code (which will have been agreed with the LEA) by allowing that Faith first bite at the cherry. This is not ethnic cleansing - faith schools are allowed - I suspect you are using this term because you are upset that you did not get a place but it is exceptionally clumsy. All over the country Faith Schools tend to be oversubscribed as there are so few of them and to many, it is exceptionally important that their dc go to a school that truly represents them.
I do get that you are upset that you did not get in on appeal but please do not make crass statements to make yourself feel better. Hold on to the fact that your son has done well, really well, with your support and will continue to do really well with your support, regardless of the institution he is in.