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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:58 am 
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Hello,

I am a new member but have been reading posts on here for many months with avid interest. I am in the process of appealing and have been trying to gather as much information as possible but the school is proving to be very awkward in providing information. Looking at some previous posts it appears that some parents have obtained their childrens answer sheets but I have been told by the FO that these are commercially sensitive and are exempt under the FOI? the email also goes on to say that Birmingham Grammar Schools nor the FO have ever released past exams papers NOR answer sheets? Are they lying? if Lucy2016 can pick up this post it would be interesting to see how far she got with her appeal as we are in the same boat : appealing on basis of academic ability but due to extenuating circumstances during the exam our daughter obtained a lower than expected mark.

If Sally-Anne or Etienne could please respond too as I would like to send a copy of my appeals letter and ask some further advice regarding it, then this would be greatly appreciated. The FO have told me I can appeal on any basis? (seems very odd to say that )

eagerly awaiting a response

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:18 pm 
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Welcome to the forum! :)

SMpharm wrote:
Looking at some previous posts it appears that some parents have obtained their childrens answer sheets but I have been told by the FO that these are commercially sensitive and are exempt under the FOI? the email also goes on to say that Birmingham Grammar Schools nor the FO have ever released past exams papers NOR answer sheets? Are they lying?
No.
Exam scripts are a specific exemption in the Data Protection Act:
https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appea ... cation#b55

Question papers would come under Freedom of Information, but admission authorities may claim they too are exempt on the grounds that they are commercially sensitive.

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If Sally-Anne or Etienne could please respond too as I would like to send a copy of my appeals letter and ask some further advice regarding it, then this would be greatly appreciated.

https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a55
However, we are happy to try and answer any questions on the forum.

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The FO have told me I can appeal on any basis? (seems very odd to say that )
They probably wouldn't want to be accused of seeking to limit the grounds on which you can appeal.

Have you seen the Q&As?
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/
The foreword lists some of the main grounds for appealing.

Assuming that the admission arrangements are lawful, and have been correctly applied, then in your situation there are in practice likely to be 2-3 grounds on which you would base an appeal:
https://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a43

Unfortunately the success rate for Birmingham grammar school appeals is thought to be very low. (When the competition for places is so intense, there probably needs to be something exceptional about an appeal case for it to stand out.)

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