can I ask for some help in understanding the arguments you can use at an appeal?
the qu. concerns where you have won the "selection" part of the appeal, but are facing the next bit (where they are saying that even though you have won the selection part, the school is full).
I have looked at the appeal code and parents appear to need (quote) - "arguments (that) outweigh the admission auhtority's case that admission ... would cause prejudice."
I have 2 qus about this (sorry!):
- can you argue both ways - i.e. (1) that admitting yr child would not overload the school and (2) even if admitting yr child would put pressure on the school, you have v strong preference/reasons? In other words can both of these sorts of arguments be used to "outweigh" the school's arguments, or is it just about (1) or (2)?
- if both (1) and (2) are relevant, does the earlier part of the appeal code (paragraphs 3.9) apply to grammar school appeals? Paragraph 3.9 says that the panel must admit at least the number of children that can be allowed without "prejudice" resulting. If this applies to grammar school appeals, then this seems to make it worth it putting some effort into the "prejudice" part of the case - the appeal has got to fill these places, and then use parents' preferences to see if any more places can be made available on top of these - any views?
Don't want to bleat, but I know that govt says you don't need a lawyer for a school appeal. I can't afford a lawyer, but how do they expect us to understand this stuff? I'm doing my best to read the appeals code etc ...
help wld be really appreciated