Hi all, I'm really hoping someone can help me with an appeals query? We're in the process of appealing a refusal of a Birmingham Grammar school place currently as our DD missed out by 6 points, which was totally unexpected by both ourselves and her school
She had a complete nervous meltdown at home on the morning of the test and was a quivering wreck by the time she arrived at the school. Naively I let her carry on (at her insistence) thinking she'd be o.k once the test started, but unfortunately it clearly affected her performance in the test.
Anyway, my question relates to what to respond to a panel if they discuss the issue of how "the admission of additional children would cause prejudice," (taken from the Appeals Code Doc 2012). Excuse my ignorance, but does this relate in basic terms to whether admitting further children above and beyond the admission numbers would have a detrimental effect on the school and the other pupils?
I've managed to gather evidence of expected SAT's results, previous school reports and a very supportive letter from the headteacher, but I'm really concerned about the process once we have to face a panel!
Any advice is greatly received!
I think you will have a very difficult journey with your Appeal.The appeal will be heard at Birmingham Town Hall which is where last years took place with a number of other appeals for SCGSG. Your first issue is convincing the Appeal panel your dd is of grammar school ability. This is not as easy as it looks.I am aware of a girl who scored 210 last year was refused on this ground last year who had as supporting evidence a letter from her headmaster who had previously never ever supported any Appeal and strongly supported this Appeal.She had supporting letters from her form teacher and director of studies.In the latter letter were her results in PIPS and ISEB exams from years 5 and 6 in comparison to other pupils in her class who had gained grammar school places.Copies of her school reports.Evidence of extensive medical difficulties in the months prior to the exam and at the exam which required an application for special measures prior to the exam supported by the school.These were not enough to convince the panel she was of grammar school ability.
In the Appeal were also the extensive medical difficulties of her siblings which had impacted upon her in the months prior to the exams.These include evidence from consultants,GP's and physiotherapists.
Her appeal was refused on the 2 grounds namely she was not of grammar school ability and upon the issue of prejudice.I think over the 2 days there were approximately 30 appeals I don't know if any were successful but this was in my opinion a strong case and went well at the Appeal hearing.
I know generally some of the lowest appeal success rates are for the Grammars in Birmingham.This was an appeal by someone I know who I was happy to help.This wasn't pursued purely because the family had enough on their plate resolving their children's medical difficulties and for one of the children was life threatening.
It is better to go in forearmed and forewarned than to go in blind.I hope your case is different and you are successful and maybe you get a better panel.