So you were refused a place at BV because a high enough score wasn't reached? You need proof of very high ability and of any extenuating circumstances. If your mother's illness, or your son's health, affected his performance in the 11+, yes, you should produce the evidence.
Difficult questions they may raise at the hearing are "Did his school work also suffer at the time? (If not, why not?)" and "Did you notify the school (or anyone else) of your concerns before
the results were published?"
I assume the refusal from AT is because they were oversubscribed? In this case you need to explain why a place at this particular school is important. Examples of possible reasons parents put forward are:
* Itâ€™s the catchment school.
* Although not in catchment you live very close to the school.
* Getting to any suitable alternative school would be logistically difficult (you would have to prove this, and I think the degree of inconvenience would have to be very considerable indeed).
* There is a sibling already there.
* Other family members are attending or have attended the school (perhaps not a strong point but worth a mention).
* There are strong educational reasons (I donâ€™t mean a preference for a type of school such as a grammar school â€“ I mean something specific on offer at this particular school which is not available at any suitable alternative. You would need to prove why this is so crucial).
* There are strong medical or social reasons why your child needs to attend this particular school. These are often the most compelling reasons, but you will need proof, and you will need to demonstrate convincingly why only this school is the solution.