Hi, I've been dipping in and out this site for about a year and have found it invaluable for setting my mind at rest and knowing there are other parents in my situation. Haven't seen many others from east Kent though?!
My son (DS?) failed the 11+ in October and it came as a huge shock to us and as a result I had no contingency plans in place! (stupid I know). His scores were 135 (VR) 115 (NVR) and 113 (Maths). The head teacher did go through the headteachers appeal but it was refused due to the fact that he did not have enough quantity of work (writing I think) to show them. Since then we have been sending him to a tutor and his writing has improved no end. His reading age is about 2 years older.
I saw his teacher recently and she said he is working at a 5a for Science, a 5b for Maths and a 4b for English so we are hoping that he may be on a 5c for english by the end of the year. She also said that if he continued working at this level, the head teacher would have no qualms in writing a letter to the appeal board supporting us.
I do not now know how to go forward with this. Do I get a letter together? Should the school be helping me with this? How many grammar schools can I appeal to? I am a single mother so will be doing this alone.
Also should I add to the appeal the reason I feel my DS did badly on the test? I have a younger son (3) who has caused no end of problems since he was born especially with his not sleeping. Last summer we had a very bad time with him resulting in many sleepless nights (prior to the exam). Is this worth adding?
Finally, does anyone know when the decision to take grammar school places from east kent to west kent? Obviously this would be disasterous for anyone appealing this year!
Thank you in advance for any advice.