Assuming that the local authority abided by the guidelines, in the absence of them disclosing that something prejudicial (to heir own case) occurred during the process or they failed to follow some procedural element in reality, it will be almost impossible to prove this point.
We're going over the same ground! - I've already made clear that I don't subscribe to the 'It's impossible
' theory. If defeatism spreads, no one is going to want to appeal (which may be exactly what some might be hoping for!).
Independent appeal panels in other parts of the country (at a number of schools in Medway, for example) have
previously found against the admission authority at the fair, consistent, & objective stage, so it's possible
What if the 'outcome' was unfair.
And what if someone thought the outcome of an independent appeal was unfair? In that situation there's an opportunity to complain to the ombudsman or the EFA as appropriate - but see D3 (ii): http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/ombudsman#d3
I think a judicial review would take much the same approach.
Which brings us back to process!
Based on the extensive evidence we have (and presented to the 'Selection Review') we genuinely believe the outcome is unjust and unfair. It has already impacting negatively on a very bright and academically minded young boy who in all 'fairness' should now be looking forward to starting at a Grammar School
I do understand and sympathise.
It would seem that the opportunity for us to prove that our son is suitable for a grammar school has been and gone and that we should have waited to present our case in person, where we would have had an open and transparent opportunity of being satisfied our sons case was clearly understood and fairly considered.
Elsewhere on the forum Sally-Anne and I have made very clear our concerns about the new system!viewtopic.php?f=12&t=25270viewtopic.php?f=12&t=29356viewtopic.php?f=35&t=29733
I have asked for some statistics from the LA, but feedback I am getting from other people who entered the process suggests the only people who seem to have got through are those that only just missed the mark and not those who performed badly during the process, but who are (as in my sons case) more than academically suited to a grammar school education.
In my view one of the risks of a quick desk-based review is that it might lead to this situation. It will be interesting to see what the figures show, when they become available.
If you believe your son should be at grammar school, don't give up - even though there may be three hurdles to overcome:
1. 'Fair, consistent, & objective' - we'll suggest some possible approaches nearer the time, but I wouldn't expend too much energy on this. You're not the one 'on trial' at this point, and any appeal panel worth its salt will take the initiative.
2. Qualification - even though this is a secondary hurdle, it's a major one - especially with a less than borderline score. Under this process it's cruel not to know in advance whether your case will be taken into account, but I think this is what you must focus on. You should prepare the very best case you can. Read everything to do with selection in section B of the Q&As:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... lification
and in parts of section E:
3. Reasons for preference - this may or may not be necessary (but best to be prepared).
See section C:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... bed-school
You can appeal for each grammar school on your CAF, so there will be more than once chance.
This is the way forward!
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