Seaside Mum wrote:
Hi, I have just received confirmation of my appeal hearing date which is in 2 weeks time. With the letter came the GSs Admission Appeals Defence Statement plus the Head teachers Appeal documents all of which make very interesting reading.
The HGS's defence document states that they have had 290 applications which seems a huge amount? Does anyone know if this is usual? It also sates that the published admission number is 150 with 129 so far admitted for Sept Y7. I hadn't realised that I would get to see the HT appeal notes. I wish I had asked to see these previously now!
Anyway, not long to go now. I guess this is where I should now start to think about what I am actually going to SAY when Im in front of the panel....hmmm panic! is everyone taking notes along to read or trying to remember a rehearsed speech?
The numbers from the school sound pretty normal to me (not knowing that school, though) - In our area, about 50% of applications don't pass.
Everyone gets to see all of the docs associated with the appeal, so all of the information you sent in will be sent to both the panel members and the LEA / school side. That's why you've been sent their docs. It's so everyone can study both sides cases before getting to the appeal.
As for what you say, some people take a full script and read it word for word, others take brief notes to remind them of subjects to raise, others read out the document they sent in, and some take nothing, more or less busking it. The panel will not be influenced by which method you use - it's what you feel most comfortable with. Don't forget, though, that they will have read your appeal document carefully before the day, and probably skimmed through it to remind themselves just before you come in, so reading it all out again isn't over helpful. Do be ready to ask any questions of the other side - if there are indeed any you need to ask!
Appeals are designed to be as informal as possible. It's not meant to be adversorial, so you may find that the LEA side are pleasant - even friendly sometimes towards you. I've even known LEA point out to the panel things that the parents had forgotten to mentioned (though that is pretty rare).