can I probe a bit further on this bit within the sample letter?
"VR scores of 126 (=96th percentile) in 2006, and 123 (=93rd percentile) in 2005 – please see Alternative Test Scores in the head teacher’s statement"
Where would those VR scores have come from? The HT briefly mentioned CAT scores, whereby the overall average was in the 121 to 130 range. Would the VR element of those scores be shown in the HTR that is sent to the panel, or would I have to request those from the HT myself?
As far as I know, the headteacher summary sheet should be given to you, not sent directly to the panel, and it's your decision whether or not to submit it, so you should be able to see what the head has written. I would normally have expected him/her to give a breakdown of the CAT scores (VR, Q and NVR) in the summary sheet. If not, then you should ask the school because the VR is going to be of particular interest. The school will also have the percentiles, or you could look them up in the table at the end of B28:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... rs.php#b28
Also, the letter makes reference to high grades contained in the last report...the YR5 school reports I have literally show SAT scores of 4 for English and Maths, (5's have been predicted for Maths, English & Science in YR 6)
Level 4s for English and maths in year 5 are OK, although it would have helped if 4a/4b had been specified.
and then for general subjects, show that she has met all her targets..not exceeded them, but merely has met them. However, it is a very high performing school, so is this still ok to include?
No easy answer, I'm afraid - it always looks better to have as many ticks as possible in the 'highest' column. You probably need to weigh up what the comments are like. For example, "works quickly," "grasps new concepts easily," "excellent progress" would be more helpful for an appeal than "very hardworking".