National Offer Day – School Admission Criteria and How to Appeal Against School Place Offer

Admission to primary and secondary schools is not automatic – every parent or guardian has to apply for a place at their preferred choice of schools. All schools have ‘admissions criteria’ which the school’s admission authority uses to allocate places should they receive more applications than they have places available ایران آموزشگاه بانک اطلاعات مراکز آموزشی.

If you are deciding on what schools to apply for, or have been refused a place at your preferred school for your child, this article on admission criteria will help your appeal. If you child is not offered a place at your preferred school, then the first thing you must do is to request for your child to be put on the waiting list.

If you contact your Admission Authority to request an appeal, do not assume that you have been put onto the waiting list; you must explicitly request to be put onto the list. If you are fortunate there may be children who revoke their place at the school you are on the waiting list for and – if you are high in the waiting list – you may be offered a place before your appeal is even heard.

When appealing against the decision, it is important to remember that you are appealing to the Appeal Panel and will need to address your appeal documents to them. For example, if your child has a medical need that wasn’t addressed in the admission criteria, then it is important to get their GP or consultant to write a letter to the Appeal Panel, not just a general letter stating their medical need.

The letter will have to contain detailed information as to how their need means they must attend your preferred choice, not just a general letter stating your child’s condition. This personalizes your appeal and will help the Panel understand why your child needs to attend the particular school. You want the Panel on your side is this is one way of achieving this.

Although you will undoubtedly feel very emotional about the decision not to offer a place for your child at your preferred choice, you must ensure that the appeal letter you write is clear, concise and not overly long. If it’s too long then any detail or valid points can get lost in it. It also goes without saying that it should be typed and not handwritten.

At the turn of the 20th century schools in the South, as well as many in the north were segregated. In 1896, in a case entitled Plessy v. Ferguson, the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregation was legal – a decision that would be overturned decades later in the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v.

The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. What was at issue in 1954 and decided once and for all time was the ideal that all men are created equal under the eyes of the Supreme Architect of the Universe – at least when it comes to the question of equal access to education. It certainly comes as no surprise that the Chief Justice in 1954 was Earl Warren who, like Horace Mann, was a Mason. From that year forward all Public Schools have been open to children of all ethnic backgrounds.

Between 1896 and 1954, Masons throughout America led the charge for the advancement of enlightenment with its clarion call for the support of Public Schools. It is neither ironic nor wholly surprising that the first time the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, whose see is at Charleston, North Carolina, ventured out into the world of community service was to further the cause of Public Schools.

Much gratitude is owed to the Grand Commander at the time, George F. Moore, for his uncompromising leadership in that venture. Before being elected Grand Commander in 1914 by the Supreme Council, Moore – a prolific writer – auditioned his Masonic position in favor of Public Schools in such publications as The New Age – a predecessor to today’s Scottish Rite Journal. 

His attempts, made before the onset of World War I, were well received everywhere – including in New York which was prompted by men such as Moore, as well as organizations such as the Scottish Rite to pass it’s compulsory education laws in 1918. In the years after Moore had passed his elected position as Grand Commander on to John Cowles, the Scottish Rite became known throughout America as the great promoter of nationwide literacy through the auspices of Public Schools.

California Masons were no less active in their support of Public Schools. In 1920 Charles A. Adams, Grand Master of Masons in California made Public Schools a Masonic project for the first time. The demands for manpower made upon the populace by World War I led to the flight of thousands of teachers from their classrooms. More important jobs awaited them: combat overseas,

Attending to farmlands to grow the food necessary to sustain a struggling nation, and manufacturing factories that had to fulfill ever increasing demands for the production and delivery of war materiel. Grand Master Adams witnessed the accompanying fallout with great alarm. Approximately 600 schools were closed throughout California – an extraordinary number for that time.

National Offer Day – School Admission Criteria and How to Appeal Against School Place Offer

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