Hi sturman, and welcome!
My DD has achieved 118/120 in her Bucks VR test.
With a score of 120 you have very little to prove, provided you have good supporting academic evidence.
Could anyone tell what i should do with the appeal form because it will take me a while to collect all the info? I did read on here that you can forward everything at a later date. I would like to get a hearing ASAP as i would love to get this over with.
When you see the Head you need to establish if they will be willing to complete their Summary Form. If so, you must wait for that before submitting the appeal form. If they are not willing to complete it, you can tick the appropriate box to confirm that and send the form off straight away. Either way, you can simply write "our evidence will follow" in the box giving reasons for the appeal.
Appeals are allocated on a "first come, first served" basis, so you should encourage the Head to complete their form promptly.
We live in Bucks but her school is in Hillingdon borough. I'm led to believe [rumor mill] that our HT is opposed to Grammar schools as a lot of able Hillingdon kids end up in Berks GS,Watford GS and Bucks GS.Hopefully with us living in Bucks that wont be an issue but you never know.
I would tread very gently and politely and make it clear that you wish your child to attend a local school if at all possible. I think it is an entirely reasonable request, and hopefully the Head will understand that. If they are not personally willing to support an appeal, you might ask for permission to approach the class teacher for confirmation of her current levels.
I spoke to her teacher on Friday and she told me that DD has just finished her mock Sats for science and maths and she received 86 and 90% respectively which is a 5b for both.English Sats will be complete on Friday and it may be in the 5's or at worst 4a. She told me that DD is in the top 10 of her year in maths and science and top set for English.With this in mind she states that there should be 5A predictions for maths and science.This is in a school that is in the top 5% in Hillingdon according to Sats school League tables.
That is encouraging because the expectation would normally be for the children to improve by two sub-levels each year, so she may well be on traget for 5a in science and maths by the end of Year 6.
Firstly, in October after a visit to her optician they said that DD eyesight had deteriorated so much so that they could only give her intermediate glasses while her eyes adjusted and later they would give her correct more powerful glasses. We can back all this up with a letter from the optician.
It is worth a small mention if it affects her close eyesight, rather than distance. The answer sheet is very densely packed and that could present difficulties for a child whose close vision is temporarily impaired.
With this in mind does anyone think it is beneficial to ask for a remark? Or could it adversely affect our appeal i.e. if she happened to lose a mark?
A remark would virtually never cause the score to go down, but it is also rare for it to increase either. However on 120 there is no harm in it. If you ask for the remark and analysis it might show that she had difficulty with a specific type of question that might be linked to her eyesight, such as long code strings.
Secondly, we moved to Bucks in late August, this obviously caused a lot of disruption for DD, also having a 1 hr trip twice a day took longer than i realized for her to adjust to. And, as we were new to Bucks we only did the familiarization pack that was sent to us. We have since realised that a lot of DC are schooled specifically for this test.
The panel may ask about this at the hearing, in which case you can mention it then. On 120 you really don't want to throw too much in the way of mitgating cirumstances at the panel - academic evidence is what they are looking for.