We are putting together transfer appeals for the top 3 grammar schools on our CAF form. Just wondered if we are to try and convince the panel in each case that the school in question is the best for our daughter.
Strictly speaking, you are required just to give reasons for your preference.
Will the panel know what order we listed on the form
If it's a local authority panel, it's more likely than not. (You will know for sure because you will get the same paperwork as the panel about a week before the hearing.)
if we did not list as 1st choice, can we state that this school is now the one and only for our daughter
You can change your mind!
Are the panel likely to ask where we placed the school in the list ?
It's not a question I approve of, but some panels might ask.
In reality all three schools would fit the bill perfectly. How would we respond to " why did you not list in 1st place ,if they ask?
You could try arguing that "all three schools would fit the bill perfectly" - but the system obliged you to list them in some sort of order. From your point of view there was no real significance in the order of these three excellent schools - you were just desperate for a place at any one of them!
To complicate things further, bear in mind there's just a chance you might get the same panel member at more than one appeal ....... viewtopic.php?f=35&t=19289&p=230842&hilit=dejavu#p230842