in Turmoil wrote:
Would you advise it is better to ask questions rather than show the figures I have? Is it better to ask them to quote the figures and not quote figures at them?
The evidence looks compelling that they can cope with more as historically they always have done or am I being overly optomistic?
I agree with the last poster - the 135 was clearly a one-off arrangement and you should focus on other years when class sizes were just a few over PAN.
Etienne's approach makes sense as you are actually getting the LA to admit that the school has coped with higher numbers and the results have not suffered. If this does not work then I don't think there is anything wrong with having your own figures on which to base your questions as it shows you have done your research and enables you to be quite specific. We did this at stage 1 of our appeal. Although the LEA is always likely to win this stage since the only possible outcome is that the school has to take all appellants or none, I don't think it does any harm to suggest to the panel that the school could
cope with just a few more even if it cannot accommodate everyone appealing. However, this would of course presumably favour anyone appealing who has a strong case and not just the person making the point.