Hi neelam, and welcome!
This sounds as though it has all been a bit of a mess.
We finalised our move in July 2011. After consultation with the Buckinghamshire council we were advised to apply for in- year admissions through the Bracknell Forest Council. In September, on calling the Buckinghamshire council they informed me that they did not have our application on the system at all. Hence following further advice we re-applied directly to the Buckinghamshire Council. After all this we finally got a test date of 20th October for our daughter.
If she had been tested more promptly, there is a possibility that she would have been admitted prior to the start of the school year, because WHS was "All Offered" this year, suggesting that they were either exactly at their PAN (Admission number) of 180, or may have even had spaces.
You should explain this timeline clearly to the appeal panel, because I think they will feel that matters could have been handled more promptly and efficiently, and perhaps feel that your DD has been unnecessarily disadvantaged. At the hearing I would suggest questioning the LA Rep or School Rep on the situation on allocations over the summer, leading up to September. If it shows that an earlier test might have allowed your daughter to gain admission, that point will not be lost on the panel.
I will be doing a transfer appeal based on
1. Catchment area: we are within catchment
2. Proximity: the school is only 0.5 miles from our house
3. Educational: we will be arguing that Wycombe High is more suited to our daughters educational needs (Maths and Computing School) We will be attaching evidence of her previous year results to show her interest in Maths and Science
How far away is the Cressex from you? Obviously it won't be a huge distance, but does she pass WHS on her current journey, or are you in between the two schools? It isn't a major point, but worth mentioning if Cressex is, say, a couple of miles away.
Do you have any particular advice for us?
If you have not yet done so, please read the Appeals Q&As http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... bed-school
She is first on the waiting list…should we raise this point at the appeal??
Unofrtunately it is unlawful to do so.
You should receive details in your appeal pack of the current numbers in each year group, but to give you some idea in advance, these were the numbers on roll as at January 2011, so for last year - Y7 will now be Y8, etc.
Y7 - 170
Y8 - 191
Y9 - 185
Y10 - 183
Y11 - 180
As you can see, the school has exceeded PAN on 3 previous occasions, and by fairly large numbers on two occasions. Your argument to the panel would therefore be that, as the school has coped with between 3 and 11 additional pupils in the past, the prejudice to the school of taking a single additonal pupil can surely not be that great? (The school's case will argue that it is, of course, although how strongly they will argue that remains to be seen.)
Obviously there could be more than 180 pupils in the current Y7 due to successful transfer appeals in the summer, so that might prove more challenging. You could call the school, explain that she is first on the waiting list and ask how many pupils they have in Y7 at present. Hopefully they would be willing to tell you.
That is a starter for ten! Keep in touch with us as matters progress.