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Author:  ammum [ Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Bucks appeal

I've read lots of useful information on this forum over the past few months, though I haven't posted. DS failed the 11+ by a couple of marks, and was unsuccessful at selection review. I have decided not to appeal. Although the review process was not demonstrably 'fair, consistent and objective' in a number of regards, support from our HT is simply not warm enough for us to put together a strong case on 'academic ability' and 'prejudice to the school.'

When I was deciding whether to appeal, I got hold of a couple of pieces of information under the Freedom of Information Act. Etienne mentioned somewhere in the appeals guide that it would be helpful if a parent could get hold of information on the number of successful appeals for a school which has opted out of the Country appeals system, which I've done. I've also obtained HT selection review scores by primary school in the Chilterns/S Bucks area for the past five years. Which was very interesting reading and informed my view of the objectivity of this whole process. Unless I'm missing something obvious, I think only moderators can attach documents to posts. But I'll send these to the appeals inbox, and if any of the moderators think others might find it helpful, perhaps the whole documents, or extracts could be posted or otherwise used to help others.

Author:  Etienne [ Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bucks appeal

Thank you very much for sharing, ammum.

File comment: Pre-appeal information requested from DCGS
FOI ResponseDCGS.pdf [471.12 KiB]
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File comment: HT selection review scores by primary school in the Chilterns/S Bucks area 2015-2019
CSB Recommendations 2015-19 entry.xlsx [26.4 KiB]
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Author:  South Bucks Mum Of 3 [ Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bucks appeal

Thank you so much ammum. This is incredibly helpful and I really appreciate you taking the time to share this valuable intel. Some parallels with our situation. We are going into the appeal process eyes wide open and with no expectations - particularly in this ‘bulge year’. I will share our key insights and learning when we’re through the other side.

Author:  Sebs [ Mon May 20, 2019 11:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bucks appeal

Thanks for sharing this info. It is indeed an interesting read. I wonder if it would be ok for parents to use the recommendation sheet at the hearing if it is relevant to their case? Are they likely to be questioned about the source of the document or is this document in the public domain somewhere?


Author:  TNM47 [ Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Bucks appeal

This is really useful information - you have the stats for the private schools - do you also have for the local state schools?

Author:  sidj15 [ Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Bucks appeal

Thank you very much for this information. I am working my way through a 12+ appeal and this is useful in terms of building a picture.

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