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 Post subject: Failed appeal?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:31 am 
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Hi,

Just a reminder if you've lost an appeal: Schools still keep a waiting list - ask for your child to be kept on it, especially if they only just failed to get a place in the exam.

The waiting list has nothing to do with failing an appeal - if your appeal failed, but your child is at the top of the waiting list, and a space becomes available - your child will get it.

I'd heard that several of the children whose appeals we turned down this year now have been offered places. I'm happy for them and their parents, as there were many who I thought would do well in the school, but whose appeals we just could not allow for various reasons.

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So are you saying that the children who have now been offered places originally had there appeal turned down because the school was full. This would seem to contradict what has been repeatedly mentioned in this forum that oversubscription should not be a criteria for turning down an appeal.

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Dear Louise

You are quite right that oversubscription is not in itself sufficient reason for turning down an appeal. It has to be oversubscription + the prejudice to the school outweighing the parental case.

However, Capers is also right. If sufficient children do not take up the offer of a place, so that the numbers drop to below the admission number, then the shortfall is filled from the waiting list - to bring numbers back up to the admission number.

This often happens when children allocated a place eventually get an offer from a higher preference school, or if families move away from the area. But it is less likely to happen if a lot of appeals have succeeded - because more children have to leave before the numbers fall to below the admission number.

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Just a further point.

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Schools still keep a waiting list - ask for your child to be kept on it, especially if they only just failed to get a place in the exam.

The last bit would not apply to all admission authorities - some do not use the score as one of their admission criteria.

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