You can - but I assume this was as the result of successful appeals, in which case the school will simply point out "We had no choice in the matter". Unless there's an obvious flaw in the case for oversubscription, it's usually best to counter the authority's argument with reasons why you need a place. See Q&As C2.
My friend has just learned that the appeal for a place for her daughter has been unsuccessful. At the appeal the rep from the school stated two incorrect points.
a) that the school was at the PAN - it was not (a fact that I knew because we had just been awarded a place and was told the numbers five days earlier)
b) that the school had never gone over the PAN in previous years - My friend had placed in her appeal pack (I gave her this) an extract of actual numbers for 2003, 2004 and 2005, obtained from the LEA, which clearly showed that the school had gone over by as much as 9 places once and 8 places twice. I am afraid that I did not give her the extract of the school's own govenor's report which confirmed this!
Unfortunately, my friend did not challenge what the school said as that would have been distasteful in the hearing! (I agree) However now she has received news of the failure of her appeal - not on grounds that her daughter was not of the required standard (the school seemed to concede this point prior to the appeal and stated this in writing in their appeal response) - but on the grounds that the school is oversubscribed
I have a bad taste in the mouth about this one! My friend does not want to go down the complaints route as fortunately she has a very good alternative - albeit a little far away - and has the attitude that they tried their best (which they did) BUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTT I really have a bad feeling with this one! I want to take up a placard.....Am I misguided and getting on my high horse about trivia?
TM (Tired of Fighting but will keep doing so)