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 Post subject: the wait goes on
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:53 pm 
just heard from the horses mouth- lincolnshire appeals are not likely to be heard before the first week in june and may even drag on to the beginning of july.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:12 pm 
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Hi John

Yes, this is a problem across the country with appeals. In Bucks the LEA have done what they can to improve matters, as there were cases a few years ago of children not knowing which school they were going to in the last week of the summer holiday! They have managed to drag the end of the process back to July now, which has helped.

Sally-Anne


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How does this affect places? Presumably the closer to September that your appeal takes place the more likely they are to not have places and be less inclined to grant appeals?

I am beginning to feel that we have a very good case as far as academic evidence goes, and a reasonable case as far as extenuating circumstances go, and that we may be able to present our case fairly well - BUT the school is still going to be oversubscribed and they will have their full quota by then. If we get through this bit and they are still listening to us, our fight is going to be to prove the balance of prejudice. I have no idea how to do that. :cry:


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Bo Peep wrote:
How does this affect places? Presumably the closer to September that your appeal takes place the more likely they are to not have places and be less inclined to grant appeals?

The appeal against non-qualification should not be influenced by whether or not places are available.

Bo Peep wrote:
If we get through this bit and they are still listening to us, our fight is going to be to prove the balance of prejudice. I have no idea how to do that. :cry:

You simply have to give reasons for needing a place at the oversubscribed school. It's the panel that has to "balance the prejudice", weighing up the strength of your case for admission on the one hand, and the school's case for refusal on the other.

Hope this helps

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It does Etienne, thank you.


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 Post subject: the wait goes on
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:06 pm 
had a letter back this am from lincs acknowledging receipt of our appeal papers.
Etienne , if you pick up this thread, we used your template for the basis of the appeal letter but for the actual hearing we've put together a lot of information re not only academic evidence and extenuating circumstances but also facts relating to how her academic and social welfare will undoubtedly suffer at the alternative school. we intend to use this info in support of the other evidence as a bolster to the appeal. I fully realise that the main thrust must come from academic evidence and extenuating circumstances but do not feel that broadening the appeal to cover the other items would do any harm.
Any comments please?
Thanks.

John M


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 Post subject: Re: the wait goes on
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:42 pm 
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Dear John M

My advice would be not to overdo it!

I think your question relates to the "oversubscription" part of the Lincs process. (Academic evidence and extenuating circumstances will hopefully get you through the "qualification" part - nothing else matters there.)

When it comes to oversubscription, in my experience panels would generally be looking for positive reasons for the school you are appealing for, rather than negative reasons against the school allocated.

I understand the point you're making with regard to the "prejudice to the child", but I think the question the panel will really want to focus on is "Why this school in particular?"

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:00 pm 
thanks for that. I take your point about the positives for the GS rather than the neagatives of the sec. mod.
My daughter's real strengths lie within music and performing arts and her self confidence and academic progression have grown greatly as a result of the success she has enjoyed within these fields.
The GS to which we are trying to get her has just been awarded specialist status in performing arts and are introducing drama across ks 3 from September. In their bid document they state that they will be able to demonstrate that they can improve the academic achievements of their students by helping them to express themselves better and build their self confidence through performing arts. I am sure my own child ,by virtue of her not inconsiderable skills in this area , would thrive in this environment and that the school could add huge value to her educationally.

Any further thoughts??

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John M


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:08 pm 
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Dear John M

Being able to match your daughter's strengths to the specialist status is a definite plus. I assume that you have already submitted, or will be submitting, evidence of her success in music and performing arts?

Good luck

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:19 pm 
YES WE HAVE. SHE HAS HAD VERY POSITIVE REPORTS FROM THE DRAMA SCHOOL SHE ATTENDS . WITHOUT WISHING TO SOUND IN ANY WAY A PUSHY PARENT , THE SCHOOL PRINCIPLE HAS GONE ON RECORD AS SAYING THAT SHE HAS "GREAT NATURAL ABILITY AND TALENT" AND THAT THEY HAVE SEEN HER CONFIDENCE GROW BY DEGREES SINCE SHE TOOK UP ACTING A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
WE HAVE COPIED ALL THESE REPORTS OF HER ACHIEVEMENTS TO TO APPEALS ADMINISTRATOR

THANKS,
JOHN M.


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