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 Post subject: CAF - Other Reasons
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:01 pm 
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I thought I'd get on with filling in the CAF and have arrived at the 'Other Reasons' screen.

I have a vague recollection when I applied for DS1 primary school place being told the school allocations team (understandably due to the numbers involved) never read the 'Other Reasons' box.

Is it worth putting anything in the box ('he likes the tie', 'he's heard he can buy chips at lunch'.....) or not? Any guidance would be much appreciated.

MD


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 Post subject: Re: CAF - Other Reasons
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:06 pm 
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https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a27
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A27. Giving reasons for preferences on the CAF

There is a space on the CAF (Common Application Form) where parents are invited to give reasons. The space is there because it is a requirement that parents be offered an opportunity to state their reasons for wanting a particular school.

Quite often parents do not bother to fill in this part of the form, which is not a problem in so far as all the admission authority can normally do, anyway, is to allocate places strictly in accordance with the published criteria.

However, if there are good reasons for a preference, it is in my view worth stating them because, in the event of an appeal, there is a possibility that a copy of the CAF might be included in the case papers. Parents who suddenly have lots of “compelling reasons” for wanting a school place at appeal might be asked why those reasons were not quite so compelling as to merit a mention when they submitted their application.


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 Post subject: Re: CAF - Other Reasons
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:09 pm 
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Thank you mitasol! :)

I'll have a good think about what to write just in case we end up at appeal. :|


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 Post subject: Re: CAF - Other Reasons
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:14 pm 
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Fingers crossed that you don't need to appeal! :D


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