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Schools admission appeal process
Posted by: Halleb36 03 March, 2012 22:15

Appealing Against Admissions
Admissions and appeals are surely the educational challenge to beat all others. They test a parent’s strength to the limit. To borrow from Ruyard Kipling “ If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs …then yours should be the school place!”
If you have received the devastating news that your child has not been offered a place at their preferred school – don’t panic. Whether its at primary or secondary level, we know this is a time of terrible trial and tribulation. You are facing a bleak schooling prospect, and the very real possibility of an uncertain Appeal. Whichever way you look at it, this Appeals process feels and sounds like a serious ordeal.
To explain, the educational powers that be acknowledge that all pupils deserve a genuine schooling preference in their area. If this cannot be met, then parents or carers have the right to challenge the decision not to offer their preferred school and for their challenge to be judged impartially. The Appeals Panel hearing is the official channel providing this opportunity and your appeal will need to be heard by early July 2012. This deadline leaves you little time to prepare your case.
In essence the Panel is tasked to listen to your case, review your evidence and speak to your witnesses. They will also need to evaluate the admission evidence from the other side of the classroom fence. This is why it is so crucial that your case is presented in the best possible way. There can be no definite outcomes or easy cheats through this particular minefield.
There’s no getting away from it, the whole process will seem intimidating and confusing. You may be worried about what to expect, where to find information, how to prepare your case, and indeed what is a good case! The only thing that is for sure, is that you will be the only person in that room who hasn’t had any training for their role and yet no one has as much to lose as you.
We know you will need a very big helping hand to win your case. Our organisation “Making Experiences Count” is one of a new generation of parent training organisations based solely on the Admissions Appeal process. Our core objective is to steer you through the stormy waters of hearings. We do this in our uniquely parent-friendly way, incorporating knowledge and understanding from specialists who are also parents.
Currently our highly skilled team consists of chairs and members of Schools Admission Appeals panels.  Between them they hold a veritable treasure trove of invaluable insights into the decision-making. To fully maximise your potential, we can give you the best inside intelligence available, and do so in easy-to-understand language.
Whilst it’s never going to be child’s play, we should help put you right at the top of Appeal’s class.

Re: Schools admission appeal process
Posted by: Suzie 01 February, 2013 13:52

I personally think it's a bit much to be asking for money to help people through this process of schools admission appeals. I am extremely experienced in this area and it is the case that schools or the local authority do their utmost to make the process easy for parents. Paying money to entrepreneurs will not help you. The fact is that schools are obliged to make their criteria easy to understand and they are also obliged not to depart from them. If you live 2 miles away from a school which accepts on distance, and the distance this year is 1 mile, (by the way, there is no such thing as a catchment area) there is no way you are going to get in unless you are a special case in terms of medical history, special needs, looked after children etc. unless there is special provision in the school's admissions policy, which refers to your case. In fact, I would say that appeals panels are rather against middle class parents who pay for special legal help etc. better to do it yourself, be honest, and when you are preparing your statement, why not ask help from this forum? There are people here who can help.......

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