Fretting Mum wrote:
Do I need to provide any extra evidence on academic ability? My DD achieved the out of area cut off score for the school which is 6 points higher than the lowest in area cut off score. She is also predicted all level 5's in her SATS and we have provided a letter from the school to say that is the case.
Academic evidence will do no harm, but if places are being allocated by score, I would have thought it's only relevant if you're trying to argue that she was expected to perform even more highly in the 11+ than she did (for which you would probably need extenuating circumstances as well). If in doubt, cover every angle, and the panel can select the information they need.
I haven't mentioned social reasons in appeal - should I at the hearing? Her best friend has a place and her other best friend with same score is also appealing?
Lots of appellants talk about friends, but secondary schools know that most children soon make new ones after starting. Compare these two cases:
"My child wants to go to this school because all his/her friends are going there."
(On its own this is probably not going to carry much weight.
Ideally you would need to show why this is so important, and provide evidence.)
A child is very sensitive, withdrawn, vulnerable, not good at coping with new situations. She is allocated a school where she knows absolutely no one. The primary school write a letter for the appeal panel saying "We strongly support this child's appeal for a place at school X. As you will know from the details parents have submitted, she has been coping with numerous problems over the past two years. She would benefit enormously from having the support of her close circle of friends, all of whom will be going to this school."
We also didn't mention that we want specifically want her to go to a different school to her sister? The reasons being her sister very bright (refused to sit 11+) and high achieving and domineering - always teasing sister for being swotty etc. DD has flourished at Primary since older sibling left. If so what evidence would I need - letter from school? Is it too late to mention this
No, it's not too late, and a letter of support from the school could be very useful.
Finally can any of the moderators help me with the point mentioned in second paragraph in my post to appeals box?
As with everything else, you need to explain why this is important in the context of the school being appealed for, and back it up with as much evidence as possible.