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 Post subject: Appeal to Grammar School
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:56 pm 
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In the CAF, I applied for a local authority grammar school in Essex for my 11 year old son for his secondary school as first preference. He was never allowed to sit the 11plus entry exam as we are out of the catchment area. The school is oversubscribed and I am in the process of appealling. The school is 4.4 miles from where I live. My son has been selected to sit the SATs for English and Maths at level 5 and 6 at his primary school.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:13 pm 
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Surely you can't get a place at a grammar school without sitting the exam? Unless it is only partially selective (sorry, don't know the Essex schools)?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:32 pm 
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Could this be LB of Redbridge? They restrict testing to catchment residents in the first instance.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:16 pm 
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Sally-Anne wrote:
Could this be LB of Redbridge? They restrict testing to catchment residents in the first instance.


And subsequently... They say that those not in the common admissions area (or whatever they call it) will be allowed to sit the test if the schools cannot be filled with I/C applicants. But then helpfully add that the likelihood of this happening before a hot place turns to ice is precisely zero. I am not paraphrasing very much here :shock: .

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:22 pm 
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Is that even allowed? I thought everyone had to be allowed to sit - like in Bucks??!?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:18 pm 
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Booklady wrote:
Is that even allowed? I thought everyone had to be allowed to sit - like in Bucks??!?


My son wanted to take the 11plus test for Ilford County Grammar School but LB Redbridge prevented him from doing so.

I'm not sure if they're allowed to discriminate against children who live outside the common catchment area to prevent them from sitting the test.

If anyone knows please let me know.

Is it worth mentioning this in the appeal?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:52 pm 
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I too think that was illegal. Surely it would be against the Greenwich Judgement, which does not allow schools to discriminate against those who do not live with a named borough. Why do you not talk to the Office of the School's Adjudicator.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:13 pm 
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If the school has an inner catchment area and only allocates places to those outside this when there are no more on the inner catchment waiting list, then it seems highly unlikely and as Toadmum says a certain hot place would have to freeze over first. I can't see the point in appealing as nothing will come of this. Maybe I am wrong and someone else will correct me. At latymer there is a catchment area and no places are ever allocated out of this as so many within catchment apply and pass. Isn't this the same?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:33 pm 
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Are they legally allowed to do this?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:39 pm 
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Whilst not in the spirit of the admissions code, I suspect that if they say those ooc can sit later if there are places still available, they just about stay on the right side.

However I'm not an expert on the schools admissions code, so hopefully someone with more knowledge can either confirm my understanding or put me right.

However if you feel it goes against the code, then you can take it to the OSA to investigate.


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