Do you think we should obtain school reports etc regarding the bullying incidents as part of our evidence for the appeal? There has been so many incidents (they were nearly on a weekly basis in the first term), there will be a lot of reports / statements...
Usually, the more evidence, the better.
Can we use the letter of formal complaint and some emails as evidence?
Academic performance: Can I ask the head of year for a report?
Yes, the school can be required to provide information it possesses. See B20(c):http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b20
- but just make a polite request in the first instance.
I can proof that DS is bright (I think he was ranked 5th / 6th in his class - out of 32) but not sure how to proof his performance was affected by all the bullying incidents.
That can be difficult. Was there a specific incident at the time (worse than usual)? Any signs in exercise books of a lower standard of work?
An alternative approach would be to use bullying mainly for the oversubscription part of the appeal (social reasons), and not to be too categorical about extenuating circumstances. (The new Code of Practice does not even mention extenuating circumstances!) "He may have had an 'off-day', or the frequent bullying may have affected him. Whereas individuals can sometimes cope with ongoing problems on a day to day basis, they may lose the ability to cope with extra pressure (such as an important test in unfamiliar surroundings).