Dear We are appealing against our daughter not securing a place into the school of her 1st choice. We are using a multi-angled approach in terms of our appeal. Our approach is as follows: A Specialism - we are using the schools specialism of MUSIC as the main argument. This is because our daughter (11) has not only played piano for 6 years and passed grades 1 and 2 and is currently studying for grade 3, but is also a performing arts student in two other areas acting (acting singing and dance) and circus skills at two prominent performing arts schools. Not intending to blow our own trumpets just trying to present a full picture to the forum. B EXTRA TUITION and academic help; our daughter has needed help with math’s (and being distracted) for the last two years and we have employed a tutor to help this. Although it has worked and she is blossoming there is work yet to be done. The tutor will have to stop teaching our daughter at the end of year 6 as she is only qualified to teach math’s (and help with other subjects) up to a primary perspective. It has also been a major financial strain and we are not hopeful that we will have the finds to continue paying for a private tutor. The school we wish our daughter to attend offers excellent facilities’ for extra tuition in fact any child not performing HAS to attend extra help outside normal school hours. The school has a zero tolerance towards bad behavior and offers a strict nurturing environment for children that have difficulty in academic work. C Our daughter is an only child and has a strong network of friends (from primary school) that are actually going to the school she has been refused. So we are using this angle also. D the allocated school is girls only school and our daughter is adamant that she wishes to go to a mixed school only. we also think that it is important for her to be with males and females. To give our daughter the best chance to win the appeal we are also using a third party professional at the appeal, who has written books on the subject of school appeals and helped us formulate the best approach. He has helped us with drafting the personal statement. He is going to concentrate on the technical administrative areas and loopholes such as class size, reasons for admission refusal, prejudice (formal term not race issues) and other less well known technical approaches etc. I would like to state that we are poor not well off, my ex partner has had to do out of hours manual laboring just to pay for the representative who is not cheap, though extremely knowledge. Everything possible, we have managed (barely) to do. The appeal is in a few days so we are pleading for any and all parents (successful or not) to post on this thread offering us (two ex partners who have come together for their daughter) to post their experiences good and bad which will give us a better insight about the appeals procedure. We are specifically interested in knowing anything we should or shouldn’t do on the day that will impact the panel’s decision for the better. For example, dress, attitude, being formal or over emotional, pushy etc. Thank you for your support and we await your valued replies.