I am such a logical sort of person that I am struggling with the fact that the outcome will be down to the whim of a person on a particular day and that I have no real idea of whether we will be successful as each case is based on its own merits.
The 'logical' or 'objective' system is the application of oversubscription criteria, or the 11+ in the case of grammar schools. An appeal, on the other hand, provides an opportunity for someone to exercise discretion - but it inevitably means subjective judgements will be made. Those judgements are not
just limited to your own case - they involve a 'balancing' exercise in relation to the school case, and possibly in relation to other appellants' cases. This is why outcomes are so unpredictable!
Although I would like to hope that few children have been through as much emotional distress as my daughter, but I was unsure as to whether they took this into account during the appeal process.
Panel members get to hear many distressing cases ......
The only mention I have made of the allocated school is the distance and the fact my daughter would have to travel over 3 miles on her own, during the dark in the winter, and also that I didnt want her to have childcare near to this school as I wanted to keep both my children together as if I was working nights I felt it important they were together. But there was nothing derogatory about the school (and that was hard but I did manage to keep the appeal very matter of fact despite it being an emotive subject).
Also, how far do you think I need to go with regards to evidence that a child needs to stay at their school following a bereavement? So far I have just referenced this literature. Would it be worth printing it off and putting it in the appeal documents?
I suggest not. You could take a copy with you to the hearing just in case anyone wants to query your references, but I think this is unlikely.
I am also going to ask my tutor at university to write a letter confirming the hours I work can be 24/7 when on placement, that it was a difficult course to get on (I think out of 400 applicants only 20 people were accepted, therefore it would be a shame for me to have to give this up just to me to give my daughter a lift to and from school), and also that I am doing well, good grades, committed etc.
That would be helpful.
I was also going to try and get year intakes for the previous few years and compare against this years, and also the criteria. Do you know where I can get this information from please?
See this thread (and also follow the links):viewtopic.php?f=35&t=23847&p=293004&hilit=foi+freedom+of+information#p293004