Dear Etienne, please can you advise me on what to do. My son got 114 and 120 - Final Score 120. He has missed by 1 mark. From experience do you think we may get through on appeal. The only strong point that we may have at the appeal is that he couldn't hear very well till the age of 7 after having two ear operations as the first was unsuccessful and hence missing some crucial work at school such as phonetics etc.
With the very good score of 120, and the not so good score of 114, the appeal panel will have the dilemma of deciding which is the better indicator of your son's ability.
With the 120, you do have a chance of getting through an appeal, but I think it will depend largely on the strength of the academic case you can put forward.
You need to find out from the headteacher what academic evidence the school will be providing, and compare that with some of the things I have suggested in the Q&As:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... nswers.php
Go along to the headteacher with a checklist, e.g. Are there any CAT VR scores with very high percentiles? Will you be able to say that you support my son very strongly
? etc. The more indicators of high ability, the better.