How to Win Your School Appeal: Getting Your Child into the School of Your Choice Paperback – 8 Feb 2009
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Ben Rooney is a professional governing body clerk, a former school governor and an award-winning journalist.
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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.
Good luck with yours, we're still waiting to hear our result!
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!!
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A detailed guide but unfortunately the final decision rests with the council and is a bit of a lottery.Published 7 months ago by Mr T
Great book with some really useful points. Unfortunately, we did not win our appeal but, this book was a great help in preparing the appeal. Read morePublished 20 months ago by good listener
Very useful book with lots of information and great in preparing an appeal.Published 23 months ago by Mrs L Rizzo
This book was amazing! I couldn't have coped without it! I read it twice! It's informative and It madee extremely knowledgeable when appealing! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hannah
I found this book very informative and we used it to set out our child's school appeal statement , it has very useful tips in the book and does help you prepare your case, it did... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2014 by Shirley
If you are looking for a book to help you develop your appeal, I would certainly recommend it. Because it cover many aspects we were and circumstances we were able to find a near... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by J. Sage