The Selection Review for our son was unsuccessful. We decided to go for the Selection Review as his recommendeation from the school was the highest possible. Now that has failed, and we still feel strongly that a grammar school is the right place for him, we are trying to find what options we have remaining. We have heard that some parents are making a legal challenge on the basis that the refusal to allow those who have already had a Review to then have a full appeal. Does anyone know anything about this?
It's not exactly a 'refusal' - there is a process to go through, and that process is
The grammar schools have chosen to try and argue that there has already been a fair, consistent and objective review. They didn't have to do this, but they are legally entitled to, and so an appeal panel will first have to consider whether the review process was indeed fair, consistent and objective. Both the panel and parents will be able to question a representative of the admission authority. My guess is that there could be a lot of wrangling!
Your case for selection can be taken into account at an appeal, but only if the appeal panel decides that the review was not fair, consistent and objective. No one can anticipate what appeal panels will decide.
You are entitled to appeal for every grammar school listed on your CAF, and it will be perfectly possible (and lawful) for different appeal panels to come up with contradictory decisions!
For what it's worth, my advice is to prepare for an appeal, and see what happens.
To help prepare, see:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2