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**Getting in touch with my Local MP-PLEASE HELP !**

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skyblue

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This is regarding my son. I'm trying to allocate him in a Senior School that is within our catchment area.

I made a mistake on the original application form last year when I was unwell.

Have explained and sent of additional documents to support his case to the School of Admissions aswell as the Statutory Appeals Panel that I will need to attend in June.

Can somebody please tell me how much power my Local MP will have in allocating him a place at his nearest school ?

Will it help if I was to make an appointment/write a letter to the Local MP, or is it completely out of his hands ?

Please Help !!
 
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skyblue

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Does anybody know ? I feel physically sick and mentally ill, I cannot forgive myself for this mistake I made. I don't think I ever will if he isn't allocated a place where he SHOULD have been. We're in the bloody catchment area, he should have been allocated there in the first place if I hadn't had cocked up the flipping original application form in the first place. I'm such a fecking idiot !

PLEASE can somebody advise me. I MUST get him in !

I'm finding it really hard to wait until the Appeals, one in mid May the other end of June, beginning of July, it's actually making me physically sick. I can't eat properly, can't sleep properly, I'm a mess.

I've been advised by somebody to go to CAB, which I will be doing, but I haven't much energy left in me, though I'm still going to fight for it.
 
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skyblue

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Sorry to have sounded so angry, but I was so angry with myself. I'm ok for ten mins of an hour, then the rest I'm in a state constantly worrying, my nerves are so bad right now.

I just have to be patient with all this. All I can do is wait and there's nothing I can do to change that.

So many things are coming up, my bro maybe sent down in prision for something he didn't do, Crown Court Case end of May, they're just wanting on some documents and then a definate date will be told.

My nan's extremely ill at the mo. I have my mums wedding, my son's birthday, bro's Court Case and my Appeal all around mid May, the stress is just getting to me.

Mums wedding and son's birthday shouldn't be a worry, only I'm sick and I'm not able to sort things out properly, I want my son to have a nice day with nice presents that he wants.

My anxiety and panic is playing up and all the stress of the Appeals had sent me into another Bipolar mixed Episode. I keep forgetting to take my tab's, just because my concentration is really bad and I have my mind on other things. Once May Appeal is over and if he doesn't get into that school, I will have to accept and let it be.
But, then the other Appeal is in end of June/beg July, will need to concentrate on that, I'm really not sure how I'll react if he wasn't to get into this one either.
I'm struggling looking after both children on my own, 2 siamese cats (driving me round the bend) chores etc. I do have a partner, but I hardly ever see him, due to long working hours. I can't blame him for that, but I do wish he was here to help me alittle.

I'm smoking like a trooper about 20/30 a day, and I don't usually smoke ! Only when I'm hypomanic/manic or stressed.

I realise why I haven't got any answers to my post here, simply because nobody knows the answer. If my son's not placed on the priority list, I'll write to the MP anyway,... guess I can only try. I'm pretty sure there's nothing they can do about it though, I don't know - I maybe wrong.:unsure:

I'm not making much sense anymore, so I think I may have to give the site a break for awhile.

To those of you who have read this waffling post of nonsense, thanks for listening to me, take care.

From a very confused, worn out Skyblue xx
 
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rasselas

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Your local and county councillors would be your best bet, as this is more in their remit in fact you could save a lot of time contacting them before MP and CAB in the first instance as certainly the MP would refer you over to them, most likely the county councillor as they pull the local education strings.

however, with that in mind, i'd still arrange an appoinytment with CAB asw I think they'd be able to take some of the stress away from you.

hope that helps..
 
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skyblue

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Your local and county councillors would be your best bet, as this is more in their remit in fact you could save a lot of time contacting them before MP and CAB in the first instance as certainly the MP would refer you over to them, most likely the county councillor as they pull the local education strings.

however, with that in mind, i'd still arrange an appoinytment with CAB asw I think they'd be able to take some of the stress away from you.

hope that helps..

Thanks Rass,

I have been in touch with the County Council and they've advised to write a letter, along with a letter from my Psychiatrist explaining I was ill at the time of writing the original application form out. This information has been passed onto the School of Admissions and Statutory Appeal. All the School Admissions can do is raise his priority on the waiting list from the lower list. I have been told that I will still need to Appeal as the school is full and they have also signed a contract for 24 pupils per class. The Statutory Appeals Panel have got the power to grant my son a place over the School Admissions, but that just depends how strong my case is.

I'm now looking into what extra support information I can add for the Appeal to hear me. One extra thing so far is that my son will have to cross 3 main roads and 30mins walk to the school he's being allocated at. My son has extremely poor eyesight and without his glasses, he literally cannot see a thing. I have to tell them, what if my son was to break his glasses, or lose them, how could he possibly walk home, and also if this was to happen and I'm ill, how could I pick him up from that school.

Another thing is my daughter attends a school 6 miles away in the opposite direction, I cannot drive, drop off and pick up in two different places at the same time.

His allocated school is also doing major works on the school that could last for 4yrs, even more. That's a major destruption to the pupils.

They say that in the Appeal, I cannot talk about the other school they've been allocated at, rather they want to know the reasons as to why your child should be placed at the school i'm appealing for. But all this information has got to relevant and listened to because it's important.

Thanks for your message Rass. I'm in such a state about it all and I can't forgive myself because of my own stupidity. :cry:
 
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rasselas

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Thanks Rass,
You're welcome. I'm gonna break up your post so i can keep track and not miss anything.

I have been in touch with the County Council and they've advised to write a letter, along with a letter from my Psychiatrist explaining I was ill at the time of writing the original application form out.
Do you have a CPN or OT or other MH professsional who could chase this up for you? Psychiatrsist tend to have heavy loads and can be a bit slow in writing these kind of reports. They can sometimes ask for payment. I'm not saying they will but I'd get clarification on that from the outset. Also, of a CPN etc says they'll write it I'd ring back and check that they'd approve such a dcoument from you to prevent any delays. It's better waiting and knowing rather than waiting and not knowing if you know what I mean!

This information has been passed onto the School of Admissions and Statutory Appeal. All the School Admissions can do is raise his priority on the waiting list from the lower list. I have been told that I will still need to Appeal as the school is full and they have also signed a contract for 24 pupils per class. The Statutory Appeals Panel have got the power to grant my son a place over the School Admissions, but that just depends how strong my case is.
Things are looking very good for your appeal already.:)

I'm now looking into what extra support information I can add for the Appeal to hear me. One extra thing so far is that my son will have to cross 3 main roads and 30mins walk to the school he's being allocated at. My son has extremely poor eyesight and without his glasses, he literally cannot see a thing. I have to tell them, what if my son was to break his glasses, or lose them, how could he possibly walk home, and also if this was to happen and I'm ill, how could I pick him up from that school.
Support this with letter from GP or Optician. Again they may request a fee but again I'd get clarifaction on that from the outset.

Another thing is my daughter attends a school 6 miles away in the opposite direction, I cannot drive, drop off and pick up in two different places at the same time.

His allocated school is also doing major works on the school that could last for 4yrs, even more. That's a major destruption to the pupils.

They say that in the Appeal, I cannot talk about the other school they've been allocated at, rather they want to know the reasons as to why your child should be placed at the school i'm appealing for. But all this information has got to relevant and listened to because it's important.
I think what they mean is you don't have to talk about the other school as the Appeal is about showing your mental state primarily at the time of the application, as that is really the main criteria for the appeal. In other words, it wont support the strict criteria for your appeal.

Thanks for your message Rass. I'm in such a state about it all and I can't forgive myself because of my own stupidity. :cry:
These things are sent to try us!

Keep posting on the progress. :)
 
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skyblue

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You're welcome. I'm gonna break up your post so i can keep track and not miss anything.



Do you have a CPN or OT or other MH professsional who could chase this up for you? Psychiatrsist tend to have heavy loads and can be a bit slow in writing these kind of reports. They can sometimes ask for payment. I'm not saying they will but I'd get clarification on that from the outset. Also, of a CPN etc says they'll write it I'd ring back and check that they'd approve such a dcoument from you to prevent any delays. It's better waiting and knowing rather than waiting and not knowing if you know what I mean!



Things are looking very good for your appeal already.:)



Support this with letter from GP or Optician. Again they may request a fee but again I'd get clarifaction on that from the outset.



I think what they mean is you don't have to talk about the other school as the Appeal is about showing your mental state primarily at the time of the application, as that is really the main criteria for the appeal. In other words, it wont support the strict criteria for your appeal.



These things are sent to try us!

Keep posting on the progress. :)
I have already sent off the letter from my Care-Co supporting my case of being highly unstable at the time of writing the original application form off. He's also mentioned that I had two hospital admissions last year, and was out of hospital just a month before writing the application form out.
So that's already sorted.

The Professor at the opticians has explained that a letter explaining my son's poor eyesight will weaken my case, simply because with his glasses he can adequately see. If he was older, he could adequately drive with his glasses, so I've just obtained his prescription and will write my own covering letter of my concern of his safety, with regard to him losing or breaking his glasses.

When you say, these things are sent to try us, what do you mean ? Are you saying that god has sent this ? Sorry, I'm really confused atm about everything.

Thanks so much for helping me Rass, I really do appreciate your kind help.

:hug:
 
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rasselas

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No, I just meant it as a turn of phrase, don't worry. I just meant that sometimes life creates these stressful occasions and it takes a great deal of effort to get through them. But we do. You'll have this done and dusted, no worries!

I think with the medical letter you'll be in a very strong position because of the Disability Discrimination Act, which is designed for all sorts of protections, including the situation you are in now.

You are helping me too. I'm trying to correct my sleeping pattern and havent slept last night but must stay awake until this evening. The forum is helping to keep me alert!

:)
 
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rasselas

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I just thgought - to support the driving issue you could get some supporting statement about the need for you to reduce stress as much a spossible in order to maintain your mental health, which is obviously very important for the welfare of your whole family.
 
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skyblue

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I just thgought - to support the driving issue you could get some supporting statement about the need for you to reduce stress as much a spossible in order to maintain your mental health, which is obviously very important for the welfare of your whole family.
Yes, that is also another thing I can put into the Appeal. Thanks.

I really do hope this is a strong case for a placement there. The School will not accept any more pupils because they have signed a contract for keeping 24 pupils to a class, for maximum improvement. But the Appeals Panel have got the power to over ride this, but only if my case is under exceptional circumstances. I hope it is. I don't really know, whether it is or not.

I've just been to see my bro's Solicitor which was why I was away. It's really not looking good, he could possibly go down for 3 years max, the least he'll get is Community Service. His Crown Court case could be 24th May, just a day before the Appeal. I don't think I could go, all the stress is getting to me. My dad will be there to support him, he is also a witness. I was nearly in tears when talking with the Solicitor. I'm glad he has prepared us though and was saying it how it is and being honest.

I feel so low about these Appeals, but I HAVE to keep strong in order to carry them out constructively.

Rass ? Do you think that if I were pay out for a Solicitor to help me with this first Appeal, they'll help me with a stronger case ? Or do you think it wouldn't be necessary. I will go to extremes if need be.

xx
 
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rasselas

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I expect you can appeal an appeal, if it goes the wrong way.
to be honest, what you've told me, it sounds like you're building a very strong case. but I'm no expert, I'm working on instinct, and I know how local authority's can play it hard.

it wouldn't hurt for you to ring these people though:

http://www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk/

they can listen to your situation and, if they think you have a case in law, will direct you to a legal specialist. they can also sort out legal aid, if applicable. they are good. I've used them. and helping people is obviously how they make their bread n butter - so they are keen!

sorry to hear about your brother. a solicitor will break the worst case scenario, but that's not always necessarily how it'll pan out on the day. i think you are right to be focussing on your family at the moment.

good luck again! busy busy! :)
 
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skyblue

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Unfortunately, we don't qualify for Legal Aid because of my partners income, I called them afew weeks back. But, as said I'm prepared to do anything, so am prepared to pay whatever.

Do you think this could help Rass ? Or do you think it's a money making load of rubbish ?

http://www.schoolappeals.com/

It is only £12.99, I can't exactly go wrong can I ?
 
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rasselas

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I'm not sure. give me a short while. I know of a good advice forum that may be of use.

also, where did you get the 12.99 figure from? what's that for?
 
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