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Kimm2013 Fri 19-Apr-13 13:52:21

Hello fellow mums, experts, admissions expert, dads, etc

Advice needed, how to get a successful appeal for a oversubscribed, 'outstanding' school!!

So, upsetting my daughter did not get a place, she's made friends, loves nursery, loves the teachers, is not good with change!!

Any advice please!!!!

AuntieStella Fri 19-Apr-13 14:03:09

The first thing you should do is accept the offer you have. Tis makes no difference to your appeal, and means you won't be left high and dry with no offer at all. Also, get onto the waiting list for the school you want.

Assuming this is for reception, it's almost certainly under the Infant Class Size rules (legal limit of 30 pupils per teacher): is the admission number a multiple of 30 (sometimes 15 if there is mixed year teaching anywhere in KS1)?

If so, an appeal can be won only if a) the admission authority has made a mistake AND at mistake has deprived your DC of a place, or b) the entrance criteria are illegal, or c) the decision is so unreasonable it cannot be allowed to stand (the bar for is is very high - think child or witness protection issues).

Are any of those grounds likely to apply? Have you been able to check that DC was considered under the right criterion, that e home/school distance looks right, and that your distance is indeed greater than greatest distance offered?

Kimm2013 Fri 19-Apr-13 16:00:32

AuntieStella, thankyou for your feedback, very useful information!
I shall be looking into how the other 60 children were chosen, from the teachers feedback she explained For example 30 children through siblings, 30 distance.

But this school falls between two local authorities. But it's address falls onto mine. We have the same postcode..well that start off it.? Does that make any difference??

tiggytape Fri 19-Apr-13 16:10:38

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Fiona2011231 Fri 19-Apr-13 16:16:32

Hi tiggytape, could you pls advise?

I have been told about the cut-off distance this year for my preferred school. However, I have not called the council to ask my home distance as measured by their computer.

If the council, in the end, tells me about my home distance, which is longer than the cut-off distance, does it mean I should not appeal anymore?

In this case, I only want to appeal with the hope that they calculated my distance wrongly. That is the only reason.

tiggytape Fri 19-Apr-13 16:45:00

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