Help with secondary school appeals -

School Admissions - Appealing Against a Decision - Netmums

You do, however, have the right to go to the local government ombudsman if you are concerned about the way the appeal was handled. The ombudsman has the power to order another appeal hearing by a different panel.

Unless your first-choice school is selective and your child hasn't been offered a place because he or she hasn't reached the required entry level, the school's reason for not offering your child a place is probably that they are full.

You are under no obligation whatsoever to state your reasons for appeal.". Failing that you could contact the Local Government Ombudsman. I hope this helps or points you in the right direction what to do next. According to guidelines from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES you should inform Your admissions authority that you intend to appeal within 10 working days of receiving the decision letter.

'It's difficult to stay calm she says, 'but for some schools, there may be a lot of mobility on the waiting list.' Consider carefully whether the school place you've been offered really wouldn't work for your child.

On top of this, you have to give positive reasons why your first-choice school will hugely benefit your child (he's dyslexic, perhaps, and this is the only school in the area with a specialist facility - and bring in a letter from your current school's educational psychologist to support this). Basically, this is not the time for emotion. Your job is to come up with facts and figures and support them with evidence. You need to show that you've done your homework and you haven't taken the decision to appeal lightly.