My first post after reading the site since november.I can honestly say that Etienne's advice greatly
helped us to prepare for our appeal. There seems to be a lot of negatives on the site at the moment, so thought I'd post some good news - for us anyway. My heart goes out to anyone still waiting for closure on their situation. Keep going, determination is definitely the name of the game.We had a panel of 3 women, who despite keeping us waiting for 30 mins. was apologetic and made us feel at ease. Nothing negative was said throughout, but then we were pretty comprehensive with our evidence. We had to be, with a 116 / 112. We did engage an Ed Psych., which meant that all our evidence was objective and backed up. We also had bucket loads of other excellent academic evidence, and 100% support from the school. That, plus lots of research, so that we could talk with authority. The LA chap did everything asked of him, and asked us an interesting question at the end - was your child on the schools gifted and talented register? (Answer: no. The school doesn't have one and there is no compulsion for primaries to have one until next September.) It took 2 days for the rsult to come through. It did feel a bit like a lottery, but if you feel you're right, keep going. Talking to friends who have been through it, was also a great help. Good luck, keep positive and if you've given it you best shot and had a fair hearing, remember that there ARE bright children in Upper schools who do very well - yours will, as they've got you behind them on their case!