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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:52 pm 
My son was hoping for Wilmington Boys Grammar (Kent). He scored 125 in Maths and 118 in VR but an out-of-the-blue 90 in NVR. Nobody can work out why - did he miss a page? mean to leave a gap for a question he didn't know and forget to? Wilmington doesn't usually need as high scores as nearby Dartford Grammar and traditionally has spaces for appeal cases. Primary school said they could have got him in on Heads Appeal with score of 115 ish.

As NVR is supposed to predict Maths and Science ability and he hopefully will get all Level 5s could we make a case that the NVR score is a blip that doesn't reflect his ability? School confirms he is doing very well in all subjects with 100% commitment and effort and fully expected him to get in.

Advice would be appreciated as he got his third choice school (his second selected by lottery and he was unlucky) and he really doesn't want to go there. The grammar he wants specialises in engineering which is something he has always loved but how do we prove that? Also, NVR is never taught or tested by the school so we have no way of proving that on another day he would have scored far higher.

Thanks for any help you can offer.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:18 pm 
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any chance of getting a re mark on that paper - maybe some one will know?


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You could consider getting an educational psychologist's report. It would be expensive, but it might be possible to get the cost down if you ask for just an assessment of NVR. Of course, you may or may not get the result you want.

It would be a different NVR test, but if your son were to score highly (the percentile should be as high as possible, perhaps approaching the 90th), you would at least have some evidence that the result in the 11+ was a blip.

Secondly, you need to know from the current school how strongly they would support an appeal. Generally speaking, the further away from the pass mark, the stronger the case needs to be.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 3:55 pm 
Thank you, I will look into getting an assessment done. Hopefully the school will give us their full suppport, will be meeting with them again this week to discuss how to proceed.

Can't believe this has happened, thought he might miss out on the VR but he has worked very hard on this and has improved greatly. Never had any real trouble with NVR and his classmates who tend to get roughly the same standardised scores from school have all scored very highly in this test (approx 130) although most have missed out of grammar because of lower Maths and/or VR scores. A very disappointed class on the whole!

Thank you for your advice.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:29 am 
Some more advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Have just found out from Kent Education that my son was in band 3 of 5 in all-ability school's NVR test (still no news on where is he is on waiting list though). Would like to know what impact low NVR ability has on secondary education as we have put in appeal for grammar but do not want to push him into a school in which he will struggle. Primary school confirm he should easily score three Level 5s and is in the top set of everything (in a year group of 80) and has no trouble with his work in any subject. Does this NVR mean he will find grammar too hard or is it just a test he will never have to do again which shouldn't have an impact?

Also, just to let other people waiting for appeal know, Kent Education have said that they are having viewing sessions if you want to see your child's paper - it will be re-marked by hand and you will be able to see the paper, answer sheet and original question paper. You have to book and you will be allocated a 45 minute slot.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:07 pm 
Hi LJ,

I dont think having a very low NVR score would make any difference at all to how he would cope at Grammar school as in Bucks which has a lot of Grammar Schools they do not test NVR at all!!


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