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How to Win Your School Appeal: Getting Your Child into the School of Your Choice Paperback – 8 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (8 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408111403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408111406
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Rooney is a professional governing body clerk, a former school governor and an award-winning journalist.


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However you get this book - read it from beginning to end. Do NOT miss a letter, do not miss a page.

It is not a 'dip in' style book, rather it is written to reflect the iterative process that school appeals actually are, so each new section builds upon the previous section.

I meticulously tailored my statement and my questions for the school and the panel based on the recommendations in this book.

It's a formula - however being realistic it's not magic, YOU have to do the hard work, you have to do your reading, you have to do your research, you have to do the writing, but this book takes away a lot of the 'where do I start?' anxieties that you may be feeling in the beginning.

Unless you are minted, please do not shell out hundreds of pounds on representatives when the chances are so slim anyway: just get your hands on this book, it really is an appeals process bible, I'm surprised it's so cheap.

I sincerely hope that the publishers consider doing other formats for example braille/audio/large print because a lot of parents with special needs themselves invariably end up in appeals processes too.

We were successful with our appeal, however this book does not just stop at success; it tells you what to do if the appeal is not successful.

Highly recommended.
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I have found this book extremely helpful in the planning of our daughter's Key Stage 1 school appeal. It is a difficult appeal as there are only two grounds the appeal can be upheld against. Even with this restriction I found the book very helpful and gave me ideas on what to include, some things I just normally wouldn't have thought about. It also goes through what happens during the appeal hearing which helped me prepare for the day. I have to say my statement wouldn't have been half as good if I hadn't spent a number of days reading the book. It does take some time to get through (about 8-10 evenings of reading for me!) so make sure you get it before or as soon as you register your appeal. Everything was relevant so you just need to work your way through it.

Good luck with yours, we're still waiting to hear our result!
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A fantastic book. We appealed on the grounds of social need but didn’t have a strong case so I followed the advice in the book and looked closely into how the authority had applied its subscription criteria and how it was proving its case that the subscription figure had been set correctly.

The School had been rebuilt in the same grounds. I discovered that the authority had not revised the measurement point which would have changed because the building had moved, although I had no proof that this would have affected our own child’s application. I also discovered that the authority had not revised the Net Capacity Assessment for the new building. On both these issues the authority had said they would rectify this the following year and gave no reason why it hadn’t been carried out for the current year.

I argued on two points; that the distance category of subscription criteria hadn’t been applied correctly and that the school could not prove its case that it was full and that prejudice would be caused. There was a 1st Stage Group Appeal held for the authority to make its case (15 appeals) and I argued these points with the representative for the authority who appeared to be poorly briefed and was visibly uncomfortable with my questions and unable to provide specific answers, at one point saying ‘it’s the government that sets the PAN, we (the authority) have no say in it’.
The panel adjourned for nearly an hour, then returned and announced that the authority had failed to prove its case and all the appeals were allowed and all private (2nd stage) hearings were cancelled.

We just couldn’t believe it and I had always considered my arguments to be a ‘long shot’

I would have had no idea how to fight the appeal had I not read this book - the best £10 I ever spent!!
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I recommend this book to every distressed parent fighting for their child. I have felt your pain and frustration.

After appealing for my son's secondary school and losing, I bought this book, waited for the next academic year and appealed for the second time. This book was my guardian angel, as a lone parent feeling very alone in a desperate situation, I followed this book from cover to cover. I won my appeal second time round. Ben Rooney is fantastic, he taught me how to win by being realistic. I realise why I lost my first appeal, I really didn't have a clue how to present it. For my first appeal I wrote one A4 side and for my second appeal, I wrote 8 pages using this book as a guide.
Thank you Ben Rooney
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Fantastic book! Mote helpful than any online group ( wasted a fiver on one well publicised agents group!). Book gives you everything you need to build your case as well as possible with your child's individual circumstances. It is a little bit out of date in some respects to appeal code but you can find the updated codes etc online. We won our appeal thanks to the thorough preparations I was able to do with the aid of this book.
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