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What does upheld mean???

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Hetfield Thu 26-Jul-12 16:17:31

We've just had a one line email about our appeal that took place on Tuesday and it says "I write to inform you that this appeal was upheld" I'm being really dim but does that mean we were successful or the council??

prh47bridge Thu 26-Jul-12 16:20:27

Congratulations. You won.

miomio Thu 26-Jul-12 16:21:24

"Upheld means that a decision was confirmed or supported. (verb)"

I'm pretty sure that means the original decision was upheld, ie. you weren't successful - sorry.

miomio Thu 26-Jul-12 16:21:45

Or not!

NoWuckingFurries Thu 26-Jul-12 16:24:55

My understanding is that you were unsuccessful (I'm a law graduate). If you had won the appeal, it would have been granted. That's what I was taught anyway...

Hetfield Thu 26-Jul-12 16:28:48

Can't believe it - we were convinced that we were going to be unsuccesful. My daughter is going to be delighted to be going back to her old school. Thank-you prh47bridge for the information you gave back to me when we were preparing our appeal paperwork it was really good to have my mind focussed on what we needed to do!

blinkedandmissedit Thu 26-Jul-12 16:29:20

If the appeal was upheld then you won.

If the council's decision was uphelp, then they won.

However, I would ring the admissions department asap to double check as you won't be happy with the differing opinions here!

Hetfield Thu 26-Jul-12 16:30:54

Oh no, now I'm all confused again and they've posted our paperwork to us rather than emailed it to us (we're overseas heading back to the UK and the paperwork takes about 3/4 weeks at moment to get here!).

blinkedandmissedit Thu 26-Jul-12 16:31:51

Ring them, they should be open for the next half hour at least - hopefully!

titchy Thu 26-Jul-12 16:32:15

Nowucking - hope you're not planning to practice soon.... confused

admission Thu 26-Jul-12 16:34:54

It definitely means that you won your appeal for our preferred school. Whilst that is the correct terminology to use, it does not say much for the authority that they are sending out one line emails that are open to confusion. You should get a formal letter with reasons why your appeal was upheld, which will also give you information about contacting the school etc.
What we would normally say to appellants who are successful is do not contact the school until after you have received the official letter, because the school finds out at the same time as you what the decision of the panel was.

NoWuckingFurries Thu 26-Jul-12 16:36:28

Nah, I absolutely hated it grin definitely not my thing! Decision upheld, that's what I meant!! I'm no good in the heat blush

NoWuckingFurries Thu 26-Jul-12 16:38:17

Sorry for confusing you OP but congratulations!

<leaves thread quickly before making any more stupid mistakes>

Hetfield Thu 26-Jul-12 16:47:44

Thank-you all. We've just confirmed with the council that our appeal was upheld. Take your point admission about contacting the school although they do know we were appealing (the girls went there previously and we are now returning).

Hetfield Thu 26-Jul-12 16:49:06

NoWuckingFurries - thank-you. Can't wait to finally confirm to my daughter that she'll be rejoining all her friends for Year 5!

MrsJamin Thu 26-Jul-12 20:50:18

I was similarly confused when we heard about the results of our appeal - I had no idea whether that meant we were successful or not! I had to skip to the end of the letter when it said "Therefore get in touch with X school to accept your new place" - only then I went PHEW! I'm not quite sure why they can't be clearer.

PanelChair Thu 26-Jul-12 21:09:24

It means that your appeal not the initial decision was upheld.

I do wish people who are not experienced in admissions appeals would stop handing out misleading advice.

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