It's all done on 'balance' so to go 4 over PAN might not have been OK according to the panel - once the child had left your appeal might have stood a better chance -
Hi, Guest55. I think it depends what was said at stage 1. If the school said it was quite happy to be 3 above PAN, but couldn't possibly cope with one
more pupil, fair enough. That wouldn't be misleading. The IAP would take the view that, in effect, the Admission Number is PAN + 3!
Usually, however, they argue strictly on the basis of the PAN - and that they are already
3 above ....... and struggling to cope!
All I can think is the school decided that they would lose an appeal for this child's admission so gave a place -
I doubt that they should be doing this, as it would appear to be in breach of the Admissions Code.