From Katherine T
Does anyone have any inside information about how to successfully appeal for a place at an oversubscribed school? We live well within the catchment area, we were just too witless to fill out the forms on time. Our daughter has been offered a place at Sowerby Bridge High, but we would rather she went to Calder High. Any suggestions?
Posted by Cllr. John Beacroft-Mitchell
Your best bet is to speak to your Calderdale ward councillors who have a lot of experience in this area.
Please feel free to email/call me with your contact details and I can pass them on to one of your councillors.
To be honest I don't see why you should be given insider information (I assume you are hoping someone knows someone who knows someone!) If the school is already oversubscribed then you gaining a place on appeal is unfair on the people who made the effort to get their application in on time.
The person I feel sorry for is your daughter who may be disadvantaged through your inaction
Oooh Ian that's mean. If you can't say something nice best not say anything at all.
Posted by Adam B
"(I assume you are hoping someone knows someone who knows someone!)".
Assumptions are the mother of all... errm... errors ;-)
Katherine clearly asked for "suggestions" not contacts and it is very unfair to assume that someone is being dishonest with absolutely no evidence - particularly if you're then going to start making accusations.
I think I second Joseph in this case.
From Cllr Janet Battye
My advice to Katherine is to go back to the Admissions Process which has a late application part to it and have a go. You can get into this through the Calderdale MBC website. You never know what the chance of a place might be until you've tried the normal process. Situations do change so there might be a possibility !
Posted by Graham Barker
I'm standing up for Ian M. If the problem was caused by the parents not applying in time, it does seem a little out of order to be asking for help to beat the system.