Hi, questions for those with more experience than me - well anybody who knows really. I have a few questions concerning the appeal and would welcome some info on them:
1) I assumed to have an "appeal" you would attend a meeting and discuss everything and then panel will give you their decision later. I have just heard from someone at WCC than I can just phone up in March and ask for my dd paper to be remarked. It sounded like this would replace the appeal meeting. It may be correct but was just wondering if anyone knew or had heard something like this in the past?
2) Also as I home educate, would her current work books be satisfactory as to her academic standard - dont really know what else I can use as I have finished using tutors.
3) As there are no school reports etc is there any other form of paper that the panel would accept as proof of academic standard?
4) Is it worth filling in an online appeal now or will it be ignored? I notice there is only one appeal form and not an individual one for the 11+ appeal?
Thank you for your help.
Taking things in on particular order:
You are appealing for a place at a school which has turned you down, so you don't submit the form until after 1st March, which is when you will receive that rejection. If a form is 'live' on the website at the moment, it is mainly for appeals pertaining to current in-year applications.
No idea about having a re mark as an alternative to an appeal - if that is really something you can opt for, it must be a procedure peculiar to your area, I think.
I'm not sure what evidence of ability would be best to submit where you have no objective assessor - do you belong to a local home ed network where someone with experience of appeals could advise you?
There is no necessity to attend an appeal in person, but if you rely solely on your written submission, a) it needs to be very clear and make your points well (not just, 'she's a clever girl and she's very upset at not getting the grammar school place she deserves) be b) you miss out both on the opportunity to question the admissions authority rep on their case, and to be invited to expand on your own written submission. If there are things in what you have written which don't make sense to the panel, they will remain a mystery to them if you are not there to explain exactly what you meant, and so on.