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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 9:15 am 
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I'm trying to help out a friend. School is none selective oversubscribed, school has out forward the usual reasons why they cannot accept further pupils for the Group Stage 1 whioch is today.

Second stage is this week and the reasons of the personal appeal are

1) friend actually works at the school allocated in a behaviour support capacity. Its quite a 'challenging school' and she feels that this could cause issues for her child in a social and personal capacity, as she is closely involved with pupil sanctions and thinks there could be repercussions for her child.
2) appealed for school has a very specific specialism for which her child can show a clear talent and has provided substantial evidence.

I think the first stage is what it is really, but can you think of anything else that she could bring up at second stage, or questions the panel might ask?


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:45 am 
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I helped a friend in a similar situation though it was for a year 9 transfer. We looked closely at things like language and science options, extra-curricular stuff and the child's strengths and ambitions and then kind of fitted them together - 'X is a keen basketball player and would love to join a school basketball club', that kind of thing. We avoided saying that the child would be a marvellous asset to the school, though did subtly get the key information about areas of excellence across, but in a way which tied them to what the school could offer. There were actually major problems with the school the child wanted to leave but we managed to avoid mentioning them at all.

Said child is now at the end of the first year there - the school I think capitulated at the sight of the written submission, which was aided and abetted by Etienne and Sally-Anne. :D


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:25 pm 
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Useful! Lets hope its the same for my friend, thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:48 pm 
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TIDDLYMUM wrote:
1) friend actually works at the school allocated in a behaviour support capacity. Its quite a 'challenging school' and she feels that this could cause issues for her child in a social and personal capacity, as she is closely involved with pupil sanctions and thinks there could be repercussions for her child.
It's not uncommon for staff to seek either the same school, or a different school, for their child. Your friend seems to me to have a valid reason for seeking an alternative.
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2) appealed for school has a very specific specialism for which her child can show a clear talent and has provided substantial evidence.
Worth mentioning, I think.

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I think the first stage is what it is really, but can you think of anything else that she could bring up at second stage, or questions the panel might ask?
Be prepared for this in case it crops up:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c34

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 11:24 am 
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Have wonderful news to share :D :D !

The above mentioned friend won her appeal (oversubscribed high school with relevant specialism)!!

Can't tell you how over the moon she is ( and I am for her!!)

After the appeal she phoned me in tears, it has been an enormous strain. So good to hear her laughing today!

Used the Appeals info on her and usual brilliant advice from Etienne and crew and it worked. Thanks- you are all brilliant :D xxxxxxxx


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:13 pm 
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Congratulations to you both.

Delighted to hear the news! :D

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