Hi guys. I'm a long time lurker but first time poster
I've shared your joy and pain from a distance but wonder if any of you lovely people can help me. Here's the short version:
DD1 always been very bright and, whilst was not tutored for the Kent Test, did practice papers regularly as she wanted to attend the local Grammar School. She completely bombed the exam
Maths 105 NVR 107 VR 112 - a complete shock to many. When I rang the HT for her scores, she explained that she could not appeal for her as her scores were too low. So, disappointingly, but remaining upbeat for DD1, we started to revert to Plan B - fortunately both the other 2 High schools in our area are outstanding
Tonight, it was Parents Evening. DD's teacher could hardly wait to shut the door to beg us to appeal for DD. She said she would be fully supportive, accompany us to any appeal as our DD was "definite Grammar School material." Teacher read from some of DD's books ending with "This work is outstanding, she MUST go to Grammar school."
We were quite surprised at the Teacher as, despite DD's low scores, since the school know her ability and the standard she is at we couldn't help feeling let down that the school didn't even TRY an appeal. They knew the results were not a true reflection of her ability. Our DD was not outwardly unwell at the time of the tests but did suffer with her first migraine afterwards. She was nervous, as most were, but other than that we are at a loss to know why her scores were so low.
DD is only just getting over not passing, and so IF we do appeal we're tempted not to mention to her - we just don't want her to go through it all again if an appeal is unsuccessful. I'm going to telephone the school in the morning to get an urgent appointment with either the Head (who likely doesn't even know our daughter as she's so quiet) or the Deputy (who knows our daughter well, having taught her and who, according to DD's current teacher was 'devastated' that our DD did not pass).
Has anyone any advice as to what I should be asking and how I should be playing this? The Head, whilst actually a very good leader, is not a fan of the Kent Test or Grammar schools and I wonder if this influenced her decision not to appeal on my DD's behalf? Can anyone point me in the right direction as to the do's and don'ts of appealing?