Just a general point, a friends DD failed her 11 plus. She is appealing on extenuating circumstances (as well as academic ability - 5c/b at the end of Yr5).
The wrong way round of course, but I will let that pass!
She has been told by someone else that she needs to show that the extenuating circumstances has an impact on her school work and not just the 11plus, otherwise she cant evidence her argument; is this true?
It depends entirely what the extenuating circumstances are. A couple of examples:
:: If it was bullying, a child might throw themselves into their schoolwork as a distraction, but in that case she would hopefully have confirmation that the school were aware of the issue and dealing with it.
:: If the child broke her arm the day before the first paper, it would obviously not have affected her schoolwork.
However, as a rule of thumb, when it is something longer term it is very helpful if it can be shown that the child's work suffered, or
the teachers can confirm that she was affected in other ways at school over the period of the problem.