Very sorry to hear your news.
I was surprisingly advised that the Chair probably didnt look at me while talking because they have been trained not to look directly at Asian women!!!!
..... Who would they have looked at if I had not taken my non-asian friend along? The wall behind me I presume.
Would this be considered maladministration? Dont want others to experience what I did.
Possibly - it depends how affected by it you were.
In any event, you're quite right to raise it, because someone needs to tell him to stop!
Also the LA rep did not leave the room at the end of the hearing along with us.
On the face of it, that would appear to be maladministration!
She also only briefly mentioned the issue of prejudice caused to the school and spent more time pointing out the school I had been offered in relation to my home address on a large map, then went on to offer advice on which schools still had places available.
Whole thing seemed a little odd as I was perhaps expecting greater defence for not allowing another pupil admission rather that focusing on other schools.
They're certainly entitled to discuss other options, but I agree one would expect the focus to be on the admission authority's own case. Difficult to say whether there was any failing here - it needs investigation.
Please advise on what I should do? Should I put in a complaint?
Your main points should be:
1. LA rep. was alone with the panel
2. The chair's behaviour was disconcerting. (If you think it made it difficult for you to present your case, you should say so.)
3. The LA rep. only briefly mentioned the case for the admission authority, preferring to focus on alternative schools - is there any evidence in the clerk's notes to show that the issue of prejudice received proper consideration?
Hope this helps.