I'm kind of at a loss and have been told we have no grounds for appeal so have come for advice from greater minds than mine if that's ok.
My son sat the entrance exams for a selective school and the local Grammar. He is autistic but copes well in mainstream and is working at level 6 in his SATs in Maths and is around a 5b in English. He is on the gifted and talented register for Maths. He has 25 hours of funded support. His main issues at school are knowing where he is going, having a strict routine, not being allowed to get into a panic and having support in understanding some written language. For example anything to do with emotions are beyond him. Also if someone told him it was raining cats and dogs he'd be out looking for them. That sort of thing sails over his head.
The selective school turned him down but accepted three other children from his school who do not perform as well academically. They said in their literature that they give priority to children who excel in Maths and science which he does but in reality have given places to children who don't perform as well as my son. I think his diagnosis has caused an issue - they have very few children with statements.
The Grammar said he passed but they are oversubcribed and he wasn't in the top 90. The only complaint I can have with that is that there is no extra support given for children like my mine during the 11+. For GCSE he would have extra reading time as an example, and it is understanding of language that trips him up. If he had extra time even just to understand what was being asked of him he would be fine as his closest rival at school sailed through and got a place. The school have no issue with his disability and already have an autistic pupil who's needs are met well there.
The LEA have offered an awful school (we knew this which is why we put ourselves through the exam process). It's due to close in the near future and merge with an even worse school. Think bottom two schools in your area and you have the idea. It has an appalling reputation, a dreadful catchment and no sixth form. The children are famous for hanging around the streets swearing, spitting and smoking. My son wouldn't last a day there but there is no school near us and it's too late to move house
. I suppose I am guilty of being overconfident as my son is so bright. He got a 4a in his Maths SATs at 6 and has been off the scale in all academic testing done when he has his reviews done for his special needs. Pride definitely came before a fall.
We had a conversation with the Head of the Grammar who said we had no grounds for appeal but maybe could start a legal challenge. Again we have no grounds. The only argument we have is that the exam process is discriminatory against children with a disability like my son's.
Anyway I've kind of waffled on a bit and I hope I have all the facts put down. I was hoping someone could come up with something for us to base an appeal on or knows what steps we can take next. Thank you to anyone who can help even if it's just to say that we can't do anything more.