Is appeal worth doing on child's academic ground.

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  • #41062

    pa2398
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    Hi there, My son secured 164 at 11 plus and has been denied entry to a grammar school. We do not live in catchment but he is able and highly academic. Do we have any chance if we are to appeal for a place to a particular school based on his academic credentials? Any thoughts would be welcome.

    #41112

    pamela-rolles
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    I’d suggest that you ask the school directly if they ever take children out of catchment. If it is a successful, highly over-subscribed school with a clearly defined catchment area, pure academic achievement alone might not be accepted as a valid reason for appeal. Perhaps ask the school about that too. However, it really does depend on where you are and which school you applied for.

    As we do not know the full circumstances, I would advise you to take some local advice rather than accept some ‘general’ help.

    #41116

    pa2398
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    Hi Pamela, Thanks for your suggestions. I know for sure that the school (Aylesbury Grammar School) takes kids from out of catchment. Probably we missed out being slightly further (Old Farm Park, Milton Keynes) than they offered places for. So I was wondering if there is any chance through the appeal process on the basis of merit. Any help or previous experience would be greatly appreciated. Pallavi

    #41231

    pamela-rolles
    Moderator

    Hello Pallavi,

    There may be others visiting this forum who will have some advice or previous experience that they can help you with. However, it is tricky to compare your case with anybody else’s.

    You will need to find the exact basis that you son was not offered a place at this grammar school and appeal about that. Unfortunately, we have no ‘inside’ knowledge of Aylesbury Grammar School, apart from what is published on the internet. If you read their admission policy there is a clear over-subscription order for places and the last one, number 8, looks as if it applies to you – as you said you were not in catchment. School places would have been allocated using that policy.

    https://www.ags.bucks.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Admissions-Policy-2016.pdf

    I still strongly suggest that you enquire directly from the school about the prospects of a successful appeal and the process then take it from there.

    All the best!

    #41514

    pa2398
    Participant

    Thanks for your helpful suggestions. Any idea who I need to call to find out the exact reason for not getting the school offer? We currently live in Milton Keynes Council but Grammar schools are in Buckinghamshire County Council. I called school but they said that all admission is done through the BCC so I should contact them. We are planning to visit the school and I will find out about the appeal process, if they are willing to listen, when I am there. Pallavi

    #41520

    pamela-rolles
    Moderator

    As your preferred school is in Buckinghamshire County Council it would be wise to contact them, as the school has already helpfully suggested to you.
    Here are some contact details for you:

    admissions@buckscc.gov.uk. Tel: 01296-395000

    #41698

    pa2398
    Participant

    Thanks, I will contact them on Monday. Pallavi

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