Hi, I had my appeal hearing yesterday in Essex. My son passed the minimum score neeeded to gain entry to the school but the out of catchment places were filled by higher scoring applicants.I have a couple of questions and would really appreciate your thoughts.
1) When I received the appeal date information, I was sent a sheet containing the school's case for non-admission. It basically stated it was full and had no room for more students without prejudice to those already admitted. During the appeal the school's rep drew attention to my son's lowest score (English comprehension) and said she felt this indicated my son would not be able to cope as English was used in most subjects. I reassured the panel that my son had underperformed in the 11+ and was in fact predicted a 5.3 for both reading and writing. I also took work books in to show them.
Should I have been informed that their case was going to include queries about his academic ability? (I felt taken off guard and keep thinking of things I could have said to make my case stronger.)
2) Neither the panel or the school rep had any questions for me at the end of my presentation. After a few seconds silence the chairperson asked whether my son had been ill on the day of the test - the question seemed to have been asked for the sake of it as I am sure the Chair knew this would have been covered in my presentation had this been the case.
Is this a bad sign? Please be honest!!
I don't know how my nerves are going to last through the next few days. Please advise - I know I have to prepare for the worst but it is so difficult.