Thank you ...Etienne for that update to the Qs and As - very helpful!
We usually update the Q&As once or twice a year, but I wondered if some of the "pending items" might be of interest.
We have been advised by the LGO to await the outcome of our appeal so that we can show that we have gone through the entire process and have suffered an injustice only now on the basis of that decision several years ago.
Yes, I believe this is their standard response.
My question is this - how much of this needs to be included in our evidence to the appeals panel? After all, the rules as they are now were indeed properly applied...it's just that those rules were, I feel, based on a flawed process and that this issue has never been addressed to my satisfaction.
I think you're quite right that the IAP will have no choice but to conclude that the admission arrangements were correctly applied.
Should our evidence include the relevant extracts from the consultation document stating that siblings of children who started pre-2005 would not be affected by the changes imposed in the 2005 round? And should we include correspondence with BCC on this matter, showing that the issue has never been properly addressed?
My advice would be to include this - just in the hope that you get a sympathetic panel who might take the view you've been hard done by.
I suggest you make it "easy" for the panel, however.
1.Include only a brief paragraph in your letter of appeal about this matter.
2. Attach all the evidence as numbered appendices at the very end of your submission (in order of interest/priority).
We do, of course, have other material to support our appeal including evidence from the school indicating that DD1 is fully expected to stay on into 6th form, a letter from DD2's current teacher supporting her aptitude for the school's specialist subject, and comparative figures highlighting the greater focus on science and MFL at the school being appealed for.
Your sample case mentioned a younger sibling - our DD has two younger siblings at primary school making logistics difficult, especially since I have to do all the school runs etc. on my own as my husband works away from home a lot. Would this be relevant? Is there anything else we can do?
Explain in detail the logistical problem, and whether public transport is a factor. Provide some evidence:
1. Availability of public transport (if relevant)
2. Draw up a schedule, with times and places, showing what you would have to do to get the children to school and fit in any other commitments you have.
3. Draw up a week-by-week record of your husband's business trips, so that the panel can see how often he is away from home, and/or get a letter from his employer confirming that he is expected to travel frequently on business.
Include the evidence as numbered appendices at the back of your submission (the most important items at the top).
Hope this helps.