Go to navigation
It is currently Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:39 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 1:45 pm 
Hi My sons appeal is next week (Kent) he has scores of NVR 139 VR 137 and Maths 109. Extenuating circumstances include Grandmother's death in Sep and issues with the teacher which effected his work this year. His year 5 sats were L5's. Just got the appeal papers, School is oversubcribed with strong letter from HT as to why they can't take over PAN.

At the hearing can I argue that they took 5 over PAN two years ago? Also with regards to Pri Head's appeal this was her 1st year as a Pri Head she made no mention of extenuating circ only supplied year 6 work even though we had disscussed the fact in Nov 06 that his work was suffering as a result of the above if I mention this at the hearing is it likely to jeopardise my chances?

Interestingly she failed to get any appeals through including one to an undersubscribed Grammar for a child with scores of 139,139 and 114!

Any advice greatfully received.


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 2:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:26 pm
Posts: 7059
cscistars wrote:
At the hearing can I argue that they took 5 over PAN two years ago?

You can - but I assume this was as the result of successful appeals, in which case the school will simply point out "We had no choice in the matter". Unless there's an obvious flaw in the case for oversubscription, it's usually best to counter the authority's argument with reasons why you need a place. See Q&As C2.

cscistars wrote:
Also with regards to Pri Head's appeal this was her 1st year as a Pri Head she made no mention of extenuating circ only supplied year 6 work even though we had disscussed the fact in Nov 06 that his work was suffering as a result of the above if I mention this at the hearing is it likely to jeopardise my chances?

I don't think so. Incidentally, the ombudsman has stated: "Although such [headteacher] reviews may be helpful in moderating the effect of selective testing, they are not wholly objective because headteachers’ reasons for seeking a review may vary, and parents are unable to seek, or participate in, such reviews."

Regards

_________________
Etienne


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:36 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11937
HI,

However, it is worth looking at the numbers in the Sixth Form - if they have allowed this to 'grow'? If so, this IS their choice and gives you strong grounds for saying that the school can't be that ful!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:48 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:10 pm
Posts: 1068
Location: Lincolnshire
The answer given to this point in the appeals I attended was that sixth form classes are generally small and therefore more easily accommodated than a class of 30 and each student is only studying a small number of subjects - therefore the pressures on accommodation for sixth form students are different and there is much more flexibility for room use etc.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:23 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:23 pm
Posts: 452
Location: Hop County
Etienne wrote:
You can - but I assume this was as the result of successful appeals, in which case the school will simply point out "We had no choice in the matter". Unless there's an obvious flaw in the case for oversubscription, it's usually best to counter the authority's argument with reasons why you need a place. See Q&As C2.


Hi Etienne,

My friend has just learned that the appeal for a place for her daughter has been unsuccessful. At the appeal the rep from the school stated two incorrect points.

a) that the school was at the PAN - it was not (a fact that I knew because we had just been awarded a place and was told the numbers five days earlier)

and

b) that the school had never gone over the PAN in previous years - My friend had placed in her appeal pack (I gave her this) an extract of actual numbers for 2003, 2004 and 2005, obtained from the LEA, which clearly showed that the school had gone over by as much as 9 places once and 8 places twice. I am afraid that I did not give her the extract of the school's own govenor's report which confirmed this!

Unfortunately, my friend did not challenge what the school said as that would have been distasteful in the hearing! (I agree) However now she has received news of the failure of her appeal - not on grounds that her daughter was not of the required standard (the school seemed to concede this point prior to the appeal and stated this in writing in their appeal response) - but on the grounds that the school is oversubscribed.

I have a bad taste in the mouth about this one! My friend does not want to go down the complaints route as fortunately she has a very good alternative - albeit a little far away - and has the attitude that they tried their best (which they did) BUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT I really have a bad feeling with this one! I want to take up a placard.....Am I misguided and getting on my high horse about trivia?

TM (Tired of Fighting but will keep doing so)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:54 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11937
Alex,

Growing the sixth form is not highly regarded by our local panels as it's the school's choice - several popular Uppers have had to limit intake because of complaints by the panels!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:24 pm 
Just found out our appeal was successful hurrah! Our son's reaction made it all worthwhile.


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:15 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2006 12:17 pm
Posts: 149
Location: nr yorks
Great News!!!!!!!

Well pleased for you :lol:

Footymad xx.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:45 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:27 pm
Posts: 269
Location: somewhere in kent
Very well done, expect you will sleep well tonight!!

I would send you a big congratulations pic, but dont know how to!

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cindy!!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Tiredpigeon and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016