The supporting letter from the GP out-lines the illness and bullying but doesn't name the school in question
I think you may have been looking at another thread about the exceptional medical/social criterion. That was where the argument is that the school being requested during the admissions process
is the only
one that could meet the child's needs. If this is said to be the only school that could cope with the problem, it would be odd in that situation for it not to be named in any evidence!
the primary school has sent a supporting letter stating friendship issues as they ahve refused to call it bullying..... which it is.
Will these points go against us?
It would obviously have helped if the primary school were more forthcoming, but schools are often reluctant to admit that bullying goes on. Fortunately, an experienced appeals panel may well understand this.
Also on the LEA website it tells us that the school in question is over pan by approx 45 but never goes over the total PAN each year.I have taken this to be the 6th form students.Do they not have to class these in the PAN.
Do you mean the total number on roll exceeds the net capacity (not the PAN) by approx. 45? That would make sense, and it might well have something to do with sixth form numbers. If the school accepts students for entry into the 6th form from other schools, there is a separate PAN for these students. I wouldn't worry too much about that as it will affect mainly communal areas (e.g. overcrowding in corridors). The number in the relevant year group is of much greater importance (and the numbers in each class in that year group).
Could I also ask,the people who are on the appeal panel, what are they told they can and cannot accept as reasons for winning an appeal,they surely must be given guidance?
The guidance they get is in relation to the law. No one can tell them what reasons they can or cannot accept. It's much more a matter of judgement
. They have to assess the strength of the parent's case and decide whether it is sufficient to outweigh any prejudice to the school.