In the appeal panel admissions letter sent before appeal [if the panel is
considering allowing some but not all appeals it may need to compare the circumstances of one parent with another to establish which appeal should succeed
The only time something like that is involved is in the case of 'looked-after children' (aka in care), - but that's when the scores are the same in the exam.
It may be that they look at where you live if catchment areas are mentioned in admissions docs. But otherwise I think this is wrong.
It is correct.
In multiple appeals for an oversubscribed school, the panel has to consider in each instance whether the strength of the parental case outweighs the prejudice to the school.
However, the code of practice then goes on to say:
if there are several cases which outweigh the prejudice to the school and merit admission, but the panel determine that the school could not cope with that number of successful appeals, the panel should then compare cases and decide which of them to uphold.
In other words, the most compelling cases are upheld one by one, until the point is reached where the prejudice to the school (as a result of the additional numbers) outweighs the strength of the remaining parental cases.
To give an example:
1. 30 children who are deemed "qualified" are appealing for an oversubscribed grammar school.
2. The panel considers each case, and decides that the parental arguments in 12 cases outweigh the prejudice to the school.
3. However, the panel also decides that the school couldn't possibly cope with 12 extra pupils.
4. The 12 pupils are therefore ranked according to the strength of their case.
5. Starting at the top, the panel then works its way down the list, asking itself "Where does the greater prejudice lie?" It upholds the 6 strongest appeals, but when it comes to the 7th it decides that the prejudice to the school (after 6 extra admissions) now outweighs the strength of the 7th and subsequent cases.