My daughter passed her entrance test exceeding pass mark by 5.5 percentage points but we are out of catchment so she is currently 11th on waiting list. She has an elder sister at the school, so we want to appeal on that basis. Should we make a case for her academic ability as well as the emotional disruption she's going through or just concentrate on the 'sibling' case. We know the school has 11 over PAN in our daughter's year (2008 admissions) but not sure how we can find out what happened last year & would that strengthen our case? Your website has been a invaluable source of info so far, thank you
Does the school have a policy of giving priority to siblings in its oversubscription criteria? If so then you need to check that this policy has been properly applied in your case. If not, then you can still use it to support an appeal. You can appeal on any grounds you like - if you think the school will meet your DD's academic needs most closely then that's a valid point but you shouldn't need further academic evidence for oversubscription as she has already passed the entrance test. However, if you have evidence that she excels in an area in which the school specilizes - music, sport, languages etc., it could help your case.