At the bottom of the letter, they refer to FCO. Now we asked during our appeal if they were applying this rule and the school rep said no. We'd even given the solicitor a copy of questions we would ask if they were applying FCO. Also, when we sent our appeal in, we wrote that if they were to say review was FCO then we would challenge this.
1. Complain to the EFA about this. Also point out that FCO formed no part of the school's written case.
(Attach a copy of the questions you would have asked, and which you left with the clerk.)
2. Complain that the panel were prepared to accept the school case without any evidence (when it is inconceivable they would have shown the same latitude to appellants). Although you
were offered an adjournment for the evidence to be provided, it was the panel
that should have been requesting an adjournment in order to satisfy itself that there was more to the school case than assertions!
3. The school was in breach of paragraph 2.8 of the SAAC by failing to respond to your request for information. (Enclose copy of correspondence.)
4. There is no indication in the decision letter of what view the IAP took of your academic evidence, e.g. SAT levels and letter of support from current school (evidence specifically listed in the SAAC para. 13). Instead the IAP appear to have gone on a 'fishing expedition' with all appellants, seeking information about other (unsuccessful) 11+ results which may or may not be comparable.
5. The decision letter breaches good practice by not 'signposting' any right of complaint to the EFA.
6. The school and the appeal process seem to be much too close. For example:
a) Appeal correspondence had to be sent to 'Admissions' at the school.
b) It was the Vice-Principal who responded to the appeal submission (not an independent clerk).
c) The panel accepted the school case without any supporting evidence.
d) In its written case the school went so far as to claim it would be 'wrong' for the IAP to offer an appellant a place. Stage one is meant to be the factual stage!
At the very end of D6 you will find a link to the EFA ("The above guidance is published by the EFA here
"), and at the end of the linked pages you will find a complaint form.)