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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:24 pm 
Congratulations to all whose children have been "deemed selective" in this year's test.
Sadly, my daughter has not achieved a high enough mark. In fact she is quite a way off which has come as a shock as her school thought she would sail through the test. I wasn't so sure about that as she doesn't usually perform well in tests. However, her class work is of very high standard, she achieved level 5 in English and level 4 in Maths at the beginning of the school year, and she has a reputation for being a very diligent worker. Personally I feel she would cope well in a grammar school so would like to go to review.
Will speak to her class tacher on Monday, but just wondered what your thoughts are. Worth appeal or not?>>>


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:39 pm 
Judy, my daughter and I are in exactly the same position as you and yours. She says she was very nervous on the day (she has no nails left, even two weeks later!)I would say if you and your daughter want to, then appeal. It just means waiting another 2 weeks for a decision. Painful I know, I think we may be doing exactly that. :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:36 pm 
Thanks choccie addict!
I think we'll certainly go for the review stage - but it is the two more weeks' waiting that gets to me! Would've been so nice to have it settled today....but hey-ho!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:30 pm 
it's the next letter that comes from the review that bothers me now. Daughter has already experienced one 'rejection', I'm not sure I or her could get through another!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:39 pm 
Does the review taken into consideration how far away you were away from the pass mark?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:19 am 
Braxton, I would like to know that too. At 14 marks away there are bound to be other children closer to the pass mark than my daughter. Personally I am hoping that they will take other things into consideration like the school work.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:31 am 
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The Review takes into account the following: parental submission, Medway test scores, children's work submitted by the school, any previous standardised test scores submitted by the school, school recommendation.

All you have to do is prepare the parental submission and send it to your child's school by 23rd November.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:43 am 
thanks for that Peter, I wasn't sure where I was going to send my letter!
Do you, or does anyone else, know if it is acceptable to attach copies of past school reports with specific points highlighted (eg " X is working above national expectations....", my daughter got this written into her reports every year since Year 2 for all 3 subjects...evidence of consistency!) and whether it is worth mentioning gifted and talented clubs in subjcts such as art and reading?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:48 am 
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Last year attachments were returned as not accceptable.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:21 pm 
oh, ok, best mention them in my review letter then I suppose.
thanks for confirming that.


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