My son got 120 (and 118) such a shame. We would like to appeal and are meeting with the head on Monday morning. At the recent parents evening they indicated he should easily achieve level 5 SATS next year, he seems to be popular and a good all rounder but what else do we want to hear from the head which will enable our appeal to stand out? As a school they are keen to point out that they offer no teachings towards the 11+, in fact no encouragement at all but we quite obviously need a good/great report from her for our son to stand a chance at appeal??
I've read Sally-Anne's excellent advice in the Bucks section, and haven't a great deal to add.
120 and 118 are good scores which will help your case.
Being so close to 121, you probably don't need much in the way of extenuating circumstances, and "nerves", while not in most cases acceptable, will probably do!
Your appeal is likely to depend on the academic evidence.
I assume you've read the Q&As in the Appeals section on the home
page, which list some ideal "indicators" for an appeal? If the head will predict 5a/5b for SATs, rather than just level 5s, that would help your appeal to stand out. As Sally-Anne has said, the head's choice of words can be crucial - the panel will like to see "very strong support" and reference to "academic potential".
I wouldn't make too much of your son being "popular", and would steer clear of "the school doesn't teach for the 11+"!
Well worth an appeal, I think.