"In the case of over subscription places will be offered to the top **** boys scoring highest preference in the selection tests who named ABCD as a preferred school
I don't understand "scoring highest preference" - perhaps they mean "scoring highest"?
and for whom ABCD is the highest preference school on their application form for which they have qualified."
Well, you can only get one offer under the co-ordinated scheme, and that will automatically be the highest ranked school for which your child is eligible.
What they cannot do is give extra
priority to children whose parents rank preferred schools in a particular order (including ‘first preference first’ arrangements, which are unlawful).
The academy doesn't know where they were placed on your CAF, and it's the LA that offers the highest ranked school for which you are eligible, so in theory the system ought to work.
"In the case of over subscription places will be offered to the top **** boys scoring highest preference in the selection tests who named ABCD as a preferred school and who qualify to be offered a place under the co-ordinated admission arrangements."
1. Do you see/read any difference in the two passages.
I don't think the original wording meant extra priority for first or highest preference, but the revised wording with its reference to the co-ordinated scheme is probably safer and less likely to be misunderstood.
2. Can they amend their appeal at this stage. (Got the letter today dated 30/05/12 and appeal being on 13/06/12) that is literally 5 working days before.
Yes, I think they could make brief corrections.
When i checked the admission arrangements today , it has been changed now. ( when it has been changed, i do not know).
The LA ought also to have published the academy's admission arrangements - it might be interesting to see if the LA version has changed!