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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:03 am 
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hi all

i dearly hope someone can help. DS has passed all trafford grammar schools exams but he was refused admission to Altrincham Grammar due to over subscription. I am going to appeal but i am struggling to put a case together over how Altrincham Grammar will be better for him over Stretford grammar. I have searched the net to try to see how Alti is better but strucggling to find obvious positives of alti over stretford (apart from the results)

He is an ICT enthusiast and does excel in that field (at home) but both schools offer after school ICT clubs. The main incentive for the appeal is that HE is insisting on going Alti and nowhere else, despite me re-assuring him that Stretford is obv is a good enough school too.


Can anyone help please...?

Thanks so much in advance

Sonia


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:21 pm 
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I am guessing that you are qualified out of catchment and therefore on the waiting list in score order therefore I would concentrate on proving that he should have scored higher and it is not a true reflection of his ability. The only thing I can come up with is the obvious co-ed v single sex education but I would think lots of people would quote that so it would not be a deal breaker unless you have some evidence that being with girls has a negative effect on your DS.
Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:46 pm 
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Welcome! :)

We can offer some typical reasons for preference:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2
- but I'm not sure anyone can tell you "What Makes This School Better", because it's a personal matter. Only you/your son can really say why you want a place there.

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The only thing I can come up with is the obvious co-ed v single sex education but I would think lots of people would quote that so it would not be a deal breaker unless you have some evidence that being with girls has a negative effect on your DS.
Agreed - it's one thing to assert a preference for single sex education, but not so easy to prove why it matters.
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c36

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:54 am 
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You have probably done this already but just in case you haven't take a look at a few newsletters from the last year or so to see if that shows any outstanding opportunities in areas where your ds has particular strengths. They can be excellent sources of info for an appeal. Remember though you are not saying why this school is better than another in your appeal...you are appealing because you feel it is a better fit for your dc.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:07 am 
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You need to say why your dc would suit the school, not why the other one wouldn't. Ie. specialisms that would suit your child, academic ability etc. Even though both schools have it clubs, maybe stress how your son particularly liked this one ( you don't have to mention that the other school has one has one)


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