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High School Appeal help plz

yorkielisa Avatar
6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
Hi
Just got my sons high school choice back this week and wanted some help on an appeal.
He got his second choice but id prefer him to get his first choice because of the distance he has to travel.
the school he has been offered is over 5 miles away and the first choice is just over a mile away but we just miss out on the boundary intake.
the nearest high school to our home is a no go for us i know this because i work there! i would be fuming if they sent him there.
so am abit worried they might suggest this school if i appeal because of distance so am wanting some help/tips on what to put on an appeal if you've ever won one for your child.
ive just been reading an article saying dont settle for second best! but the writer suggests that to be in with a chance of winning we'd need to present a strong case,such as the school as breached its admission policy,rather than stating the school has a poor reputation etc
how on earth would i find out that the school as breached the admission policy i have no idea!
the first choice school is really popular i knew he wouldnt get offered it but im gonna fight but with your help and advise please :-)
Thanks Lisa
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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banned#1
Why did you bother with a 2nd choice if you have no intention of sending him there?

So you didnt get what you wanted? Boohoo, life sucks eh
#2
5 miles? Hahaha OH NO! What's the big deal? I travelled for an hour each way to get to my school! 5 miles is nothing! You're probably going to need to get a better excuse than that!
#3
He would have to travel 5 miles, that's not far my daughter does 23 miles to hers (our choice though).

I would say unless there is a good reason you are going to struggle. Is the 5 mile school ok?
#4
dcx_badass
Ths first choice is just over a mile away and outside the catchment area?!? What school has a catchment area under 1 mile.


^^^This. I read it that there are 3 schools to choose from.

1, unknown distance but no good
2, a mile away and 1st choice
3, 5 miles away and unknown quality

so they have 2 high schools within a mile?
#5
5 miles is not that bad.

If you knew he wouldn't be offered the first choice why didn't you make sure the second choice school was going to be good/close enough for your child to attend?

IMO the chances of you having a successful appeal on the grounds you have stated are nil, you chose the school as your second choice, you can't then turn around and say it's too far.
#6
I can almost remember when I was at school - I had to walk 20 miles through the snow in my bare feet and bring a piece of coalfor the school fire. No coal and you had to sit furthest away from the fire. Kids nowadays have no idea honestly
banned#7
twoweedogs
I can almost remember when I was at school - I had to walk 20 miles through the snow in my bare feet and bring a piece of coalfor the school fire. No coal and you had to sit furthest away from the fire. Kids nowadays have no idea honestly


luxury ..

I had to build the school before I could get taught anything
#8
dimebars
Why did you bother with a 2nd choice if you have no intention of sending him there?

So you didnt get what you wanted? Boohoo, life sucks eh


actually we are happy with his second choice its a really good school and you had to put three schools but would prefer his first choice is that wrong? its my son thats wants his first choice.
p.s you dont have to be so rude
banned#9
yorkielisa
actually we are happy with his second choice its a really good school and you had to put three schools but would prefer his first choice is that wrong? its my son thats wants his first choice.
p.s you dont have to be so rude


then surely you and your son know the reasons why this school would be better, that is what you need to be saying
#10
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#11
yorkielisa
actually we are happy with his second choice its a really good school and you had to put three schools but would prefer his first choice is that wrong? its my son thats wants his first choice.
p.s you dont have to be so rude


it looks like others have taken priority tbh, i wouldnt waste your time and stress with an apppeal tbh

you are 1 of the lucky 1's
#12
casparwhite
it looks like others have taken priority tbh, i wouldnt waste your time and stress with an apppeal tbh

you are 1 of the lucky 1's


Thanks caspar..... i only wanted abit of advice not loads of abuse :cry:
he'll be attending where the Leeds united ladies are based :thumbsup:
#13
yorkielisa
Thanks caspar..... i only wanted abit of advice not loads of abuse :cry:
he'll be attending where the Leeds united ladies are based :thumbsup:


youll get that on forums

carnegie then......nice
banned#14
boothy
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b28/strenkt/thread_backfire.gif


That's a great picture

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#15
yorkielisa
Thanks caspar..... i only wanted abit of advice not loads of abuse :cry:
he'll be attending where the Leeds united ladies are based :thumbsup:


Lucky lad, wish It was my school...

I had to walk 4 miles each way to school, with a school bag plus I had to carry an Eb Tuba 3 * a week each way for orchestra practice...
Was a strong young chap, well my arms and shoulder were like swartze******(?) spelling.

If you do decide to appeal, there are sometimes places available as people drop out or leave at the end of the term..

My sons school is over subscribed by 40 - 1. very strick admission policy...
He was very lucky..
At the end of the day it's worth trying, you have nothing to loose.....They could put you on a list just in case.
Be quick as others will also be doing this..

Good Luck :thumbsup:
#16
greg_68
^^^This. I read it that there are 3 schools to choose from.

1, unknown distance but no good
2, a mile away and 1st choice
3, 5 miles away and unknown quality

so they have 2 high schools within a mile?



i live in stevenage and i also have 2 senior schools within a mile??
must be horrible for your son, i was lucky my son got his first choice but one of his friends wasnt so lucky hes the only one being sent to a differnt school while 24 others get to stay together!
good luck if you do appeal xx
#17
markone
Lucky lad, wish It was my school...

I had to walk 4 miles each way to school, with a school bag plus I had to carry an Eb Tuba 3 * a week each way for orchestra practice...
Was a strong young chap, well my arms and shoulder were like swartze******(?) spelling.

If you do decide to appeal, there are sometimes places available as people drop out or leave at the end of the term..

My sons school is over subscribed by 40 - 1. very strick admission policy...
He was very lucky..
At the end of the day it's worth trying, you have nothing to loose.....They could put you on a list just in case.
Be quick as others will also be doing this..

Good Luck :thumbsup:


Thanks markone
#18
this is the reason i dont put a second choice down, good luck with whatever you decide to do
#19
kerry10281
i live in stevenage and i also have 2 senior schools within a mile??
must be horrible for your son, i was lucky my son got his first choice but one of his friends wasnt so lucky hes the only one being sent to a differnt school while 24 others get to stay together!
good luck if you do appeal xx


thats whats happened to my son most of his friends got my first choice school but he didnt hes only one in his year to get this school his teacher is well happy he got offered this school. thanks :-)
#20
5 miles isnt bad, I did 7-8 miles per day each way for my secondary school. My fiancées cousins do a 1.5hour trip each way to school a day!
#21
awoodhall2003
5 miles isnt bad, I did 7-8 miles per day each way for my secondary school. My fiancées cousins do a 1.5hour trip each way to school a day!


it probably is more like 8-9 miles the distance but im only guessing id just prefer him to be with his friends and i know both schools are excellent that i wanted but was wanting to state something else in the appeal thats all . thanks :-)
#22
yorkielisa
it probably is more like 8-9 miles the distance but im only guessing id just prefer him to be with his friends and i know both schools are excellent that i wanted but was wanting to state something else in the appeal thats all . thanks :-)


Thats fair enough, I had problems with schooling when it came to secondary schools. As the catchment school was terrible and thus my parents and I wanted to go to a different school although i'd have no friends to start with. But they were not having any of it.
So I started at the catchment school, and then within 2 months is was as bad as we thought and my parents and I withdrew me and I was taught at home for about a month whilst we went 'school shopping'.

In the end we decided upon two of the school and one said I could start in Year 8, and the other accepted after that and said I could start in a week! I went for the latter, loved it, got 5 As, 4 Bs, 1 C at GCSE from that school, and now my brother is studying there as well. Which again we had problems with catchment, but we learned the lesson from last time. So we taught him from home (Mum and I) rather then send him to the catchment school, they tried arguing we couldnt do that (of course we can).
Then within 3 weeks they accepted his application to join the school I went to.
#23
i travel 28 miles a day just to go to college, juat over a mile aint bad. I walked 2 miles to my secondary school a day
#24
Sorry don't have any advice but I feel sorry for your son, that's horrible to not get his first choice. I hope he makes new friends and settles at his new school.
#25
I think it's mumsnet that offers lots of advice. I was going to appeal when my son never got a place at his first choice primary but luckily he got in before that.
You have to put why you want the 1st choice school as opposed to what is wrong with the other school if you know what I mean. E.g 1st school is 1 mle away and you have to drop child 2 next door at the same time, 1st school excells in art and child has a talent in this area, 1st schools ofsted report states special needs are improving and child has dyxlexia.
Hope I have been a little more help than some others on here!!!
#26
Thanks RBW and Wookiemummy
Got a meeting with school so hopefully will get some tips off them aswell.:thumbsup:
#27
OP, blackmail or bribe a school governor on the appeal panel , serious:thumbsup:
#28
Would it not have any weighting that all of his friends have been accepted at the first choice?
#29
StudentJo
Would it not have any weighting that all of his friends have been accepted at the first choice?


Only that of a helium filled balloon :thumbsup:

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