I tried to call ACE but could not get through after having it on redial for most of the morning.
I'm afraid they do suffer from 'overload' as the main appeals season approaches!
For stage one I have read that it is for the school to prove their case. I have been told that this will be done at my individual appeal.
They're entitled to do it this way, but I'm inclined to think it's a bit cowardly of them not to want a group hearing with all the parents!
- Will I get details of their case beforehand.
Yes - usually 7-10 days before the hearings.
I have to have my evidence in by 30th does that mean they must provide their evidence to me?
In theory, whoever is putting together the school case should also be doing so by the 30th. Papers are then sent out to all parties (including the panel) a week or so before hearings begin.
- Do I include some reasons why I think it will not prejudice the school in my initial appeal letter at which point I would not have seen their case?
No - just focus on your own case.
- If I do and I state some performance statistics do I quote source or do I have to provide copies of source information in the evidence?
At the hearing, you will be invited to ask questions about the school case. I wouldn't provide copies of your sources, but you should say that you have the evidence with you if anyone wants to check it.
Try and avoid making lengthy statements or 'speeches'. Advice on stage 1 is here:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c1
For Stage two.
I have bullet points for reasons why I think this is a more suitable school.
- Should I write a couple of lines below each to expand a little further or just to refer to reference letters etc and hope panel glean relevant information?
Ideally the evidence will speak for itself, but you might wish to expand a bit if (a) something requires explanation, or (b) there's a key point you want to single out as being of particular importance.
If you wish, for additional emphasis you could also single something out in the evidence by underlining it boldly. (Best not to use a highlighter as it probably won't look so good when photocopied.)
PS Etienne - I can't help but notice the times of your reply. Do you Sleep?