Lovely to hear from you again, Woolford, and it's great to hear that your son is at a good secondary school, where he is happy and thriving.
Our DS had suffered with nerves during school exams all his school life, which was well documented - but had turned around in year 6. We believe for us this went against us at the hearing and is why we were unsuccessful
You may be right about this, but I suspect there were other factors in the decision too.
One last thing ... Etienne - where can I find the appeal statics for last year ... so I can have a look and put to sleep my 11+ appeal thoughts once and for all! http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e29
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Etienne, you were quite right! Our appeal was unsuccessful as our academic evidence was not good enough. The panel advised us that they were looking for exceptionally academic able children.
I'm very sorry to hear your news.
I would quibble over their use of the word 'exceptionally' - but I assume they meant very
academically able (not just above the expected level, but well above the expected level, with a wide range of evidence to support this).
Would you be able to shed any light on what this really means?
My thoughts on academic evidence and extenuating circumstances are set out in the Q&As. For example:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b10http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... laneous#e9
we have friends who's children scored 120 with their final score, with better academic evidence than us and still did not win an appeal.
I'm very wary of judging other people's cases 2nd or 3rd hand when we rarely have the full picture.
My thought for the day: 'Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again