If you are one of those parents, now is the time to do your homework. The Local Authority can only refuse you a place at the school of your choice if they can prove one of the statutory grounds in Section 28A of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980. This is required reading. Look carefully at the grounds the Local Authority have chosen to deny you a place. They have to pick the correct ground or grounds. Will an additional teacher really be required? Is there an option, for example, for team teaching? Could they create a larger class? Is there space in the school which could reasonably be used as an additional classroom? Then look at Section 28E. This tells you what the Appeal Committee have to consider if your child is to be denied a place at your chosen school. Even if the Local Authority can prove one of the statutory grounds, the Appeal Committee still have to consider whether the refusal of a place is appropriate in all the circumstances. Is there something specific, to your child, that means that there is an exceptional reason for them to attend that particular school?
You will not be alone at the Appeal Hearing. There will be other parents there with what they consider good reasons to get their child into that school. Is there anything which sets you apart?
In short, do your homework, and look at the relevant sections of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to prepare yourself for the hearing.
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