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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:57 pm 
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Here goes.........be gentle on me!

Son failed 110, 118. He goes to a very high achieving prep school.

All his practice papers he flew through...getting lowest 89%.....and he took to it like a duck to water.

Head has given him a 2:2 recommendation......

However his CATs were not brilliant, think VR was 117, can't remember the others.

Spelling 137

Sorry I cannot remember much more!

His exam results in the summer were more encouraging......he came 12th out of 40, and got higher academic marks than 8 of the boys who took and passed the 11+, four boys (who took and passed the 11+) were higher than him; bearing in mind most boys didn't take the 11+.

He is top sets for Maths and English.

He has been told that if he were to do Common Entrance exams he should be doing the higher tier exams.....meaning he is a very bright able boy, and should be looking at high achieving Independent schools The Head has stated though that Common Entrance levels are not really understood by the 11+ appeals panel. and not really worth mentioning. Higher tier are GCSE standard. This to me shows that he is capable.

He is predicted Level 5 SATS (if they did them) as they stopped doing them a few years ago when all pupils were achieving Level 5 year after year in all three subjects.

In Maths they are already working at Year 7 levels.......

Help!!!

What should we do now? We have no extenuating circumstances at all, except lack of sleep for nights on end, and a badly behaved child as a consequence!

Any help wpuld be so very much appreciated as we really are in a quandary as to what to do!


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You can but put your case to the panel, and see what they think.

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However his CATs were not brilliant, think VR was 117, can't remember the others.
Could you look them up? Is he stronger on the maths/science side? Have there been any other CATs or alternative reasoning tests?

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His exam results in the summer were more encouraging......he came 12th out of 40, and got higher academic marks than 8 of the boys who took and passed the 11+, four boys (who took and passed the 11+) were higher than him; bearing in mind most boys didn't take the 11+ .......

He has been told that if he were to do Common Entrance exams he should be doing the higher tier exams.....meaning he is a very bright able boy, and should be looking at high achieving Independent schools The Head has stated though that Common Entrance levels are not really understood by the 11+ appeals panel. and not really worth mentioning. Higher tier are GCSE standard .....

He is predicted Level 5 SATS (if they did them) as they stopped doing them a few years ago when all pupils were achieving Level 5 year after year in all three subjects .....

In Maths they are already working at Year 7 levels.......
Important that the head explains all of this when providing support for the appeal.

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We have no extenuating circumstances at all, except lack of sleep for nights on end
The panel will appreciate your honesty. I assume the sleeplessness was stress related? Does he usually react in this way when under pressure?

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