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Secondary Academy Appeal - Head presenting case against us

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Jax57 Sat 18-Nov-17 14:32:24

Hi all - have now been given Appeal date and who is on panel etc but is it usual for the Head of the school you are appealing for to present the case against you? I have their statement (normal stuff about classroom sizes etc) and did ask school for 'net capacity' which they originally did not give - as they do not have to - but in statement they have stated that maximum capacity is 1642 over their preferred total of 1595 (inc 6th form). Just slightly concerned that Head is presenting case against us (I have documented her contribution to a University research paper re friendship groups etc) could this affect our case?

CauliflowerSqueeze Sat 18-Nov-17 15:22:05

It’s perfectly usual.

Jax57 Sat 18-Nov-17 16:35:59

Thank you for the reassurance!

Bekabeech Sun 19-Nov-17 07:07:10

It’s normal. And if the school doesn’t present a case against you then you’d have to be given a place.
It is part of the cost to a school when there are days of appeals in the summer.

MumofTwoandaDog Mon 20-Nov-17 08:29:22

The head was at out appeal - tbh I wasn't expecting her to be there so I was a bit shocked initially. However she was very friendly and I didn't feel interrogated.
Just do your research - in our case the net capacity had not been updated for some years and there had been fairly recent extensions. Also with info from DfE , council and school websites I could evidence that they had gone over PAN for many years and some class sizes were 31/32.
You have to show why that school is the right one and convince the panel that the detriment to the school of taking your child is far outweighed by the benefits to your child.
Ours was a grammar school appeal on over subscription and I found the section on appeals on the very useful. Whilst your appeal may not be for a grammar school a lot of it will still be relevant. Good Luck.

tiggytape Mon 20-Nov-17 10:39:55

And just to add of course that the Head isn't presenting a case against you personally.
She is there to explain to the panel why she believes it would be detrimental or not possible for her school to take any more pupils at all or any more pupils into that particular year group.

Assuming this is an appeal for Year 3 or older, then the panel will balance her case against any points you make about why your child needs to attend this particular school, You will win if you can show that your child's needs or best interests outweighs any problems the school have explained they will face by taking an extra pupil

missminimum Mon 20-Nov-17 10:53:25

It is usually the Head or Deputy that attends appeals. Ours was very civilised, he put the case as to why the school would struggle if they took on extra pupils etc ( we were trying to get a place for Year 9 following move to area). He ended the appeal saying that if we were successful and the panel decided our child should be given a place, that we were not to worry that the place had been given through appeal as he assured us our child would be made to feel very welcome at the school. I thought him saying that was very thoughtful and caring. We were successful by the way. Good luck

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