It looks as though I'll have to appeal to get my son into our local comprehensive, and I'd be grateful for any advice. My husband is a Crown servant, and we have been living in Madrid for the past 3 years. We are due to return to the UK in August this year, when my son will be entering Year 8. Our local secondary school which is less than 5 mins walk from our house is oversubscribed, and we are 5th on the waiting list. Reasons for wanting him to go to this school include it's proximity to our home, he attented the feeder primary school from reception to year 4, it's language department offers Spanish at which he excels, all his friends go there. It's a mixed school, which is what he would prefer. There are many more reasons why I think he needs to go there, but I'm wondering if the above, in anyone's opinion, is enough to base an appeal on.
That does sound like good evidence. Without knowing the 'other' side - the schools side - I'm loath to say 'yes, that will win an appeal'. It's certainly enough to base an appeal on, and indeed I have a friend who will probably be using very similar grounds for a local grammar oversubscription appeal (although that depends on Mondays letter).