What is our position if the LEA insists to remove his statement?
The LA must serve you with a notice that they will "cease to maintain" the Statement. This will give you the right to appeal to the 1st tier Tribunal SEND. The LA must maintain the Statement until the appeal is heard.
The important thing to bear in mind is that a Statement recognises that a child has needs over and above which a school can provide for out of its own normal resources, describes those needs and the provision which is to be put into place to meet them. If a child's needs can be met from within the school's resources (along with some input from agencies such as Learning Support Service, Educational Psychologist etc, etc, as appropriate) then a Statement is not required and the needs can be met at School Action Plus. This also means that needs which would require a Statement in some areas might not in other areas where the LA has devolved more of the SEN budget to the individual schools. Some authorities issue Statements only for very complex and demanding needs, others are more inclusive of "high incidence" needs.
He will sit the 11 plus exam in 2012, would the statement be of any benefit in this situation?
If your child is managing normal class work without any special adjustments being made for him, the likelihood is that he would not get any special adjustments for the 11+ anyway. If adjustments are required the current school should be able to back up your request for these whether or not there is a Statement.
Would it be worthwhile to go through the appeal process?
See above. You can get some further advice from your local Parent Partnership Service or from IPSEA.
Would he be given special support in the 11 plus exam because of his statement and what kind of support would he get?
See above. It really does depend on what support he usually gets in the classroom and for other exams. There are several different adjustments which can be made, including extra time, sitting in a different room on their own or in a smaller group, taking the tests in ones own primary school rather than in the secondary school in some areas, having a break, having enlarged papers, having a scribe etc. Any adjustment would have to be in line with what is normally afforded to the child and be supported by medical, psychological or other evidence.
Will his statement help us choosing his senior school?
Children with a Statement do not go through the usual system. When a school is named on their Statement the school must admit the child. When parents choose a maintained school the LA must name it unless it is either
1) unsuitable to the child's age, ability, aptitude or SEN
2) incompatible with the provision of efficient education of others, or
efficient use of resources
The tests for these exceptions under the Education Act 2006 Schedule 27(3)(3) are considerably higher than they are under the School Standards and Framework Act which applies to normal school admissions.
However, it is worth noting that Academies are not maintained schools so are not covered by the same part of the Education Act. Where a LA did not wish to name an Academy the parents wanted, the parents would rely on Section 9 Of the Education Act.
Appeals against the school named in the Statement are made through SENDIST for all types of school.
Will his statement help us to get a place in a grammar school?
If the LA agrees to name a maintained Grammar School for a child with a Statement the school must admit and there are only, as outlined above, a few reasons the LA could use not to to name a maintained Grammar school. Oversubscription on its own would certainly not be reason enough not to name the preferred school. For most of the new academy Grammar schools the position may be much the same but it would be worth seeking expert advice if the LA refused to name or the Academy refused to admit.
The above assumes that your child has qualified. If your child did not reach the qualfying standard any appeal would again be through SENDIST and against the naming of a non-selective school in Part 4 of the Statement rather than the Grammar school of choice, instead of through the normal school appeals process.
(I think Bucks may allow non-qualification appeals for Statemented children thorugh its normal appeals process, but I do not think this would debar further appeal through SENDIST if unsuccessful.)