I apologise in advance because I am sure that your friend has investigated this already but is the dc on a waiting list for a place already? Families do sometimes have to relocate etc .It is well worth having a word with admissions because it can be helpful....I agree with earlier posts ..If you have to appeal focus on something unique about the preferred school and once you get to the hearing don't get drawn into talking about the current school but concentrate on the school that you want. Good Luck Amber !
Thank you Tigger (no need to apologise: this feels worse I think than if it were my own child as I feel utterly responsible and have been trusted for knowledge I don't think I have!). I told my friend to ask about this and she was told they don't keep an official waiting list - but have promised to keep the child's details on file and make contact if a place becomes available.
A question for anyone who knows: my friend is bringing the appeals forms sent by the school later this week for me to fill in with her. Should we include details about why this school is the desired one on those, or is that for the hearing (which I am very much hoping will never come!)?
I have sent some additional information to the appeals box: if anyone has time to look at it I would be hugely grateful.
Thank you all again.