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Is this correct that the headteacher can refuse?
Unless this is an LA controlled school, and the LA has instructed its primary school headteachers to co-operate, then yes, I'm afraid the head can decline.
However, you are
entitled to a copy of any information the school has on record about your child. Asking for this academic record is not the same as asking the school to write in support of a grammar school appeal.
See:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b20
I'm concerned that the appeal panel may not write to the school
I think it's almost inconceivable that an appeal panel would write to the school - it's not their role to gather evidence on behalf of appellants. It shows that the primary school head has little understanding of the system!
And if she imagines that by writing direct to the panel, anything she sends will remain confidential, she's sadly mistaken. Everyone involved in an appeal (the admission authority, the parents, and the panel) must finish up with exactly the same paperwork, so if she is
prepared to write a letter, I see no reason why she can't give it to you in the first place.
At the hearing you could mention why there's no letter of support from the school. The fact that the guidance you've been sent says "....... and/or supporting letter from the child's current Headteacher
" rather suggests that the panel are aware there are some unco-operative heads out there!
Do take time to read all the Q&As:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/