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 Post subject: Should I appeal?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 1:23 pm 
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I would like to start by saying how invaluable this forum has been. We moved to Loudwater, High Wycombe from abroad back in April and I scanned through the whole forum searching posts on how to prepare my elder two for verbal reasoning exams. They sat their exams last Tues (year 7 and year 9) and passed. My son , year 7 also sat the exams for Royal Grammar School last Monday, passed and has been offered a place in Sept for year 8, which we have of course graciously accepted. So far, it has all worked out brilliantly.

However, my daughter, year 9, who has also passed the 13 plus has not been offered a place at Wycombe High or Beaconsfield High as presumably they are full. Our third preference, HighCrest Academy also doesn't have space. At the moment Bucks are contacting other nearby schools to allocate her a place.

Is it worth pursuing an appeal for Wycombe High, our first preference? Her 13 plus results are only valid till end of key stage 3 s not much time left, and what grounds do I appeal on. I've never looked into the appeals procedure before but feel like I'm left with no choice.

Your help is greatly appreciated


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 Post subject: Re: Should I appeal?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 3:03 pm 
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New to High Wycombe wrote:
Is it worth pursuing an appeal for Wycombe High, our first preference?
Yes, you must, even though it's not possible to say what your chances will be!

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and what grounds do I appeal on.
You need to come up with some reasons for Wycombe High in particular:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2

You should also explain your circumstances (the move to HW, the fact that one child has got a place, but not the sibling).

Read all the Q&As, especially section C:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/

You should seriously consider appealing for other grammar schools too!

Better to have several appeals around the same time, than to wait for the Wycombe High result, and then start wondering "What next?" (If you wait for the WH result, and it turns out to be unsuccessful, there may or may not be time to arrange another appeal before the end of term).

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 Post subject: Re: Should I appeal?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 4:29 pm 
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Lacking brains comment - sorry!


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 Post subject: Re: Should I appeal?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 6:39 pm 
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Thanks Etienne, your reply was very helpful, especially the links. I've been so focused on getting them both ready for the exams that I didn't even know that an appeals section existed. That's my bedtime reading sorted out for the next few nights. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Should I appeal?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:46 am 
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Hi

We were in the same situation, moved after nomal allocation round last year, ds got a good 11+ score and couldn't get a place at preferred gs. We appealed and were successful for an immediate start. It's well worth the (considerable) effort, but it certainly helps to be incredibly well prepared. Glad to discuss further if you wish to pm me.


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