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 Post subject: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 10:32 am 
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Just wondering if anyone can give me a bit of advice re appeals. Even if siblings are not a criteria for consideration under the admissions procedure is it worth putting it in as a factor for an appeal? Many thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:12 am 
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You could phrase it in terms of detriment to family life if children are having to go in separate directions (particularly for primary age students), transport costs might be a consideration. Worth a mention but focus on academic ability (if grammar school).


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:25 am 
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We had an appeal that involved a twin. It was at a grammar where sibling priority is not an option.

Sadly, we did not gain the place at the same school, but I would certainly add it in as part of any additions - not the main emphasis though.


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:29 am 
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kenyancowgirl wrote:
You could phrase it in terms of detriment to family life if children are having to go in separate directions (particularly for primary age students), transport costs might be a consideration. Worth a mention but focus on academic ability (if grammar school).


Thanks ! It is a grammar so I’ve focused on the academic side but a sibling and step sibling already at the school so the logistics is an issue in terms of transport. Also the emotional support siblings offer but I wasn’t sure how far to go down that route.


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 11:31 am 
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Ricky74 wrote:
We had an appeal that involved a twin. It was at a grammar where sibling priority is not an option.

Sadly, we did not gain the place at the same school, but I would certainly add it in as part of any additions - not the main emphasis though.


Thank you ! In terms of academic evidence I have last years school report and a supportive statement from the headteacher, I’m now concerned that may not be enough after reading through the forum.


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 1:49 pm 
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Siblings are often mentioned at appeal, irrespective of the admission rules, because an appeal panel is free to consider any argument.

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2

Best to explain why this matters, e.g. child is very familiar with the school, and has always wanted to emulate older sibling(s) by gaining a place there.

Logistics - especially if this is more than a matter of convenience. Would it be more problematic than that?

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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 2:07 pm 
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Etienne wrote:
Siblings are often mentioned at appeal, irrespective of the admission rules, because an appeal panel is free to consider any argument.

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2

Best to explain why this matters, e.g. child is very familiar with the school, and has always wanted to emulate older sibling(s) by gaining a place there.

Logistics - especially if this is more than a matter of convenience. Would it be more problematic than that?


Thanks Etienne, very helpful. Yes, I think more than convenience in that going to after school activities would be very difficult without the independence of being able to walk back from school versus a journey on a public bus. No one else from the same primary school so no support from other parents. No possibility of being picked up due to work hours/location. Or maybe this is just convenience ? So confused. Any opinions gratefully received :).


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 2:36 pm 
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Or maybe this is just convenience ?
The only view that matters is the panel's! We can only guess what might influence them .....

I think it's probably worth trying this line of argument to see what happens.

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Are there any of particular interest which are not on offer at the allocated school? Why does this matter to your child?

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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 2:44 pm 
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Etienne wrote:
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Or maybe this is just convenience ?
The only view that matters is the panel's! We can only guess what might influence them .....

I think it's probably worth trying this line of argument to see what happens.

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school activities
Are there any of particular interest which are not on offer at the allocated school? Why does this matter to your child?


Thanks, I will have a look at the activities. One last question, I kept my appeal letter quite simple and straightforward and referenced attached evidence. Is there the ability to expand on this in an appeal with a written statement to read out? My concern is I am doing this on my own and nerves may take hold and I would forget to say something in the normal to and fro of discussion.


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 Post subject: Re: Appeals-siblings
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:00 pm 
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Is there the ability to expand on this in an appeal with a written statement to read out?
Yes - at a normal hearing it's common practice, and very sensible!

Has it been confirmed that this hearing will be by video conference/skype?

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