Yes its fine - all are welcome - I have helped friends with appeals to faith schools -
You need to show that your child needs the school you are applying for e.g. ethos of school, SEN provision, escaping bullies etc.
Basically a panel decides if the prejudice to the school is outweighed by an extra pupil - it's worth looking at what their pupil numbers have been and whether they have 'grown' the sixth form. One popular school was criticised for saying it was full and then taking 30 extra pupils in Year 12!
Ok, thank you.
DS is actually high on the waiting list, and it is quite possible that he will eventually be offered a place - however we have been advised that we should appeal, since otherwise people lower down the waiting list may win appeals and so reduce our chances.
The main base of our appeal will be our wish for DS to have a faith-based education, and I think I'm OK on that part. However, I am wondering whether any other points could be used:
1. My husband teaches at the school, so transport etc, would be easy, and it would give him opportunities to stay for after-school activities. Should we mention this, or would it be considered irrelevant?
2. The school is a Business and enterprise school - is it worth mentioning that DS has a strong interest in ICT?
3. The school (which has a very good academic record) offers additional classes after school for extra GCSE's. Is it worth saying that our bright DS might benefit from these when he reaches this stage? I'm a bit dubious about this, as I suspect that panels might be reluctant to apply academic evidence to a non-selective school.
On your point about pupil numbers - there is no 6th form. The PAN is based on 28 pupils per class (6 form entry) - current total numbers suggest that they are at around this level in all year groups.