Hi, I've been lurking here for a while, but I'm hoping that now I will be able to recieve some specific advice about our current situation.
My son, who has Aspergers Syndrome, took the entrance test for Reading School last year. He was not given a place, as his standardised score was 331, and their cut of point is 340. I managed to obtain his raw scores for the individual tests, and his worst score was for Maths. This was a big surprise to us, as maths is by far his strongest subject.
However, on the morning of the tests, there was some confusion, and my son was sent to the main exam room instead of the SEN room, which we had been offered due to his Aspergers. The mistake was rectified, and he was put in the correct room before the test began. I'm quite sure though, that the confusion will have caused him some anxiety, and he will have wanted to take some time to become comfortable in his surroundings before he was able to concentrate.
We would like to go to appeal, but I'm not sure of the best way to present our case to include the above. Any advice or information would be much appreciated.
We were in a similar situation last year (but in Kent). My DS has AS and there was a sequence of things either not done or where mistakes were made all surrounding his AS and all VERY helpful at appeal.
To cut a very long story short initially the school did not apply for any extra "help" for the 11+, by that i mean time, separate room, scribe etc. We brought this into his appeal and quoted the DDA. Then at the HT appeal absolutly no mention of his AS was made and then he was turned down on his creative writing - definitely not his strong point because of his AS. The school admitted this at the appeal (there was a lot that went on here that i won't go into but it sort of wasn't the HT fault).
And most helpful was an EP report that we had done privately that highlighted some areas where he would have been disadvantaged. Specifically he showed the EP that when starting a new task he needed time to get going. The first test for the 11+ was VR and this was the one he failed so it all added up. I have found the EP's report to be very worth its money in the year since we have had it done, this is what i had been told before hand and its definitely true. We told the EP what we wanted the report for and he was very clear that if he felt our DS was not suitable that he would say so. However he came firmly down on our side and recommeded a GS environment throughout.
Apart from that the school matched his specialism - maths and ICT.
Again in my opinion, and we went to 2 appeals, children with AS are looked at as special cases at appeal because these children, if on the cleverer side, fit in well in GS and can struggle in exam situations.
My suggestion would be to get a much written evidence of the exam situation as possible. Was Maths the test he did straight after the confusion? Do you have the school to back you up with the high Maths ability? And again if you can afford it get an EP's report done.
Hope that helps a bit, sorry its a bit quick