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 Post subject: Help in appeals
PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:23 pm 
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Hello,

My son is currently studying in Year 8 in an Independent School in another County.

My wife had to move because of her work during the current academic year, and I cannot. My son has to move with her. We applied and he apppeared for a Late transfer 12+ exam conducted by the Bucks county.

I got the result today and he has secured 119/121 and has been denied admission. Though he appeared for a 12+ exam, the result letter says 13+ Late transfer. Could that be a simple printing mistake or the age standardisation of 13+ is different that 12+ and as a result did not get the admission?

Any help and guidance and what I should do next would be appreciated.

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Vin


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:02 pm 
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It's most likely to be a printing error.

What matters is the date of birth used to work out age at the time of the test.

You should ring Admissions on Monday to check. Or it might be better to email them (to get something in writing).

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:12 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will do so first thing on Monday.

The Sticky on 12+/13+ says that if the results are between 116 & 120 and nearer to 121, it would make sense to go for an appeal.

Are there any pointers / advisors who can help us formulate an appeal?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 4:38 pm 
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Have a look at the Appeals forum. You should find all the advice you need there.
viewforum.php?f=35

Follow the link at the top of the page to the Q&As.

Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:42 pm 
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Thanks. Will look it up.

Really appreciate your efforts in helping us.

My son is already stressed out with leaving his current school and not getting in to a Grammar School. He was really looking forward to it.

Now he is totally heartbroken.

I have no idea how to take this forward. Hope things work out.

Once again thanks to your near instantaneous answers.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:43 pm 
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Just a thought!

In Yr 7, you take the 12+ for entry into Yr 8.

In Yr 8, wouldn't it be the 13+???


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:12 pm 
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Unless OP was trying to get in straight away??

I hope you can get advice in appeals to try and get that palce for your child. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:50 pm 
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I think you have hit the nail on the head Ian, but we need some clarification from turbovin13 here!

Turbovin13, your son may only be 12 years old, but if he is in Year 8, the test he has taken is the 13+ and it is fairly obviously testing for immediate (in-year) entry? If that is the case, then the letter is correct, and you need to appeal.

As a footnote, it is quite amusing that 3 of the most senior Mods have been utterly bamboozled by this one this evening!! Two of us have the excuse that we are "overworked and over there" on the Appeals section. The other one has no excuse. :wink:

(OK, I will admit that I know why she is so busy, but I can't post it here. :D)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:58 am 
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Thanks everybody for your support.

My son is currently 12 and in Year 8. We had to move at the end of first term Year 8 - Christmas Holidays.

The Bucks council sent us a form explaining about 12+ and an example paper.

He sat for out of turn exam where there was one more candidate appearing for 13+.

Also my son will be 13 in a week's time.

So we are not exactly sure what the letter means by 13+ when we were told that it is 12+ (immediate admission to Year 8).

Wanted to get help from you guys before talking to the council on Monday.

Thanks.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:21 am 
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The council had told us that -

For admissions to
Year 7 - 11+
Year 8 - 12+
Year 9 - 13+

Hence the confusion with the letter.

Are the letters also computerised? I mean does the computer which checks the answer booklets prompt the result letter to be printed automatically?

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