Hi all - just joined the forum. Read as many FAQs and posting guides as I can manage. Very helpful so far, thanks.
Welcome to Appeals!
I'm worried about our stage 2 arguments - it feels like we have a fairly weak case for wanting this school in particular:
Selective school as both boys are already used to a high-achieving peer group, and they both are thriving in this environment - DS2 should achieve L6 SATs in both maths and English, DS1 got L6 maths and L5 English.
During the tests, we had a tour round the school, and were very impressed with the facilities and the general attitude and bahaviour of the boys we saw.
We want a boys school for similar reasons (they're used to it), plus I've done a lot of research-reading on this topic, and its my sincere belief that boys do better in a single-sex environment, particularly Y7-Y11. I'm aware that's a contentious one
Logistical - my wife's job is changing to work almost full-time in Lincoln; I'll continue to work on the East side of Nottingham. Kings is in an ideal mid-point for both. Current school is in the middle of Nottingham.
I wouldn't say it's weak - probably 'middle ranking'!
You'd be surprised how many in-year applicants haven't even looked round the school they're appealing for .....
What I'm not sure to mention in the appeal is why we want to leave the current school - I'm aware from the FAQs that we should be arguing FOR a school, not against an alternative, but really, this is the main reason we want to move - the school has just announced it is going co-ed, and the fees have been rising at such a pace since we started (30% in 5 years) that we are genuinely starting to struggle with them, and going co-ed will mean the next 6 years of fees are likely to rise even faster. If we're going to need to move them, I'd much rather do it sooner rather than later. I just don't know how much sympathy we'll get for these arguments, if we choose to raise it.
The issue has more to do with your personal circumstances, and I think it's perfectly reasonable to explain the financial position.
As a secondary point, the fact that the current school is going co-ed fits rather well with your argument for single-sex education.
Hope this provides some reassurance that you're on the right lines.
The outcome probably hinges on how vigorously the school resists any further admissions at the hearing, and on the relative strength of any other appeals.
Do let us know if we can be of any further help.