I emailed the schools that we want to appeal to regarding their current numbers for that year group (yes,it is plural...so no stress there!!!) and the non selective school replied with additional advice saying that any in year appeals can only be submitted with the reasons for wanting the school
Hi, tigger - technically they're right. What you're appealing against is the refusal to give you a place, and - if selection is not an issue - you do this by giving reasons why you want or need a place:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2
- not by anticipating or challenging the school's case:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c29
You are of course entitled to ask for information about the school to help you prepare to question their case - but that's a different matter.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c26
and no information about the childs academic record can be taken into account.
Broadly speaking, this is true if you weren't refused because of non-qualification:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c21
(see second asterisk)However
, if your son has a particular aptitude
for a subject that the school is noted for, then it would be entirely legitimate for you to submit relevant academic evidence.
Anyone ignoring this will find that the appeals clerk will redact this information before it is given to the appeals panel !!
That is presumptuous - it is ultimately for the panel to decide what is and isn't relevant.
Unfortunately this was made much clearer in the previous Code: "The appeal panel must ensure that the papers that have been issued to the parties are complete and comprehensive; it is for the panel only to consider what material may be relevant and what weight to give it.
The fact that this statement doesn't actually appear in the current slimmed-down Code doesn't invalidate the point. The clerk is entitled to advise the panel about what might be relevant, but I wouldn't accept that the clerk can censor the parental case!