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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:33

Skinner's School Appeals 2011

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I am getting reports about disorganisation at Skinners School over their appeal arrangements. The paperwork sent out to parents unbelievably is that used for 2010 entry, complete with 2010 data, identical in every respect except one important one. one.  As a result....

appellants are given details of the disabilities of some children that the school was required to manage in Year Seven two years ago, and so are completely irrelevant today. The one change between the two I have noticed is that the school has now omitted the scores of individual appellants for the 2011 appeals, whereas they were included on the original. This means that there is no technical way the Panel will know individual scores, unless the school circulates yet another document to all concerned. The 11 plus exams website also reports one appellant who appealed but has not been sent an appeal schedule! All in all, an unacceptable shambles for families who are going through the dreadfully stressful time of preparing for appeals. Skinner's paperwork has been inadequate in previous years, but this is exceptional. Apparently, the school is now issuing new documentation. We must hope it is up to scratch. The Skinner's Company Appeal organisation has introduced a fascinating innovation for its two school appeal panels, offering a comprehensive biographical summary for each Panel member. They all look very impressive and one wonders if this will catch on elsewhere - somehow I think not! What I believe they are trying to do is  set out to reassure appellants that the appeals will be conducted professionally, as distinct from some previous years. Pity about the start at Skinner's and one wonders what the panellists will think of the initial chaos.
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