BTW, we have in writing asked the Council to stop allocating places to out of catchment students until the appeals process is complete. It probably won't have any effect, but I thought it should be asked. I hope it doesn't negatively affect anyone on the Forum, but I'm sure you would agree that in catchment qualified children ought to have a fair chance.
I would assume that once you have got through a non-quallification appeal you are on the reserve list and the reserve lists are in the order in which you meet the admissions criteria so out of catchment students could not be awarded places ahead of catchment students who have now been deemed qualified (I am assuming that al the on-time non qualification appeals have now been held and it is only the oversubscription appeals which remain).
4) How many children have been granted places in Grammar schools this year following successful IAP appeals? [if this has been happening as routine, for instance offering places from the waiting list, this prejudices appeal cases heard later, where they may consequently have to go through oversubscription appeals, even though they may be closer to the school than earlier children who have been granted places].
I think I might understand what you are asking here but I am not sure whether you will get the answers you are seeking with this question. I think you would need to confine your question to the particular school for which you are appealing and ask specifically about what places have been allocated when and under which criterion of the oversubscription criteria. In fact this information should be part of the Admission Authority's case at appeal as they do have to explain how places have been allocated. It should be clear to you then, for example, if the LA have been allocating places on a rolling basis, therefore advantaging people whose appeals were held earlier, or whether they waited until all non-qualification IAP appeals for the school had been heard before allocating places. If it were the former I think that would amount to maladministration if it transpired that people who met the criteria better were deprived of places in favour of people who met them less well but whose appeals were heard earlier. However, it is usual for a LA to go on allocating places from the waiting lists as they become free (once the set allocation dates have gone by) whether or not the appeals have been held. In other places it is just par for the course that you go on "missing out" on any place which has become vacant before the appeals are heard. BUT Bucks is unique in that it has separated out the non-qualification part of its appeals from the oversubscription part and so has (for this year at least) created, it appears, a unique problem.
Then, of course, there is the other problem that some of you have got through the non-qualification appeal because the IAP first deemed that the selection review was not FCO, so raising the issue of whether, had it been FCO a different decision might have been reached and you would have got a place at the "right" time along with the original allocations. My thinking would be that if the IAP deemed the child qualified having decided the review was not FCO, they also have implicitly said the review came to the wrong decision through not being FCO. I find it hard to imagine that if the same panel were hearing the oversubscription part of the appeal as well they would not award a place to a child who would have got one in the original round of allocations had they been deemed qualified at the time. I also think there would be grounds for complaint for anyone who did not get through oversubscription appeal in these circumstances - BUT I really don't know what view the EFA would take on it - it just seems to go against all notions of natural justice. This would be compounded still further when there was a disability issue which was not handled properly by the original Review panel.
5) Please can you also tell me the calculations behind the net capacity figure of nnnn for *** School and when these were done. If you have it, please could you also send me the completed Capacity Assessment Form for ***? [Mysteriously, our preferred school has a net capacity of 1050, which is exactly 7 years * 5 classes * 30 children. The net capacity ought to be calculated based on some complex mathematical work!
Both the LA and the school should have copies of the last capacity assessment. The formula actually results in a capacity range and the actual PAN is set within this range, usually with a number which results in even size classes! Because the assessment is based on work areas (usually classrooms) which are designed to hold a certain number of children (usually 30) it is not so odd that the final figure ends up somewhere close to multiples of 30 in many cases.
Where is our DD on the waiting list? [Obviously not something that can be answered on the forum, but any advice on how to 'encourage' County to give me this information would be helpful.]
I really can't imagine why this information is not available to you - both LA and school will hold it.