I wanted to ask you what view a panel might take of the fact that our evidence is linked more to school reports than to VR-type tests.
There's no easy answer because individual panel members are free to make their own minds up about what constitutes a strong academic case.
It just seems logical to me that the more
evidence of high ability an appellant has, the better .......
we have no extenuating circumstances
The academic case matters more than extenuating circumstances, although it obviously helps if there are extenuating circumstances that explain any underperformance. You might win an appeal with an academic case but no extenuating circumstances - you wouldn't win an appeal with extenuating circumstances but no academic case!
The Buckinghamshire primary schools seem to apply these tests far more often and I had no idea this was the case until I read your excellent forum.
I suspect that quite a lot of Bucks primaries don't do any alternative reasoning tests, but I would agree that the number is probably higher in OoC non-selective areas.
Also, would you hazard an opinion as to whether, with good school reports but (as above) little evidence either way of the innate ability the 11+ tests for and virtually no extenuating circumstances, we would be wasting everyone's time?
With a score of 117, and strong headteacher support, you have every right to ask for your case to be considered, and no one is going to think it a waste of time. This is not to say that the odds aren't against you - but appeals can be unpredictable!
(Willing to supply all SATs results and scores we have via Appeals Box but wish to keep some privacy.)
I'd be interested to know the individual CAT scores.
We feel we owe it to DS to give this a try but, like everyone else, we'll be very sore if we get a second rejection!
Again, no easy answer. You have to give it a try. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst!