I am guessing this is an overall grade?
Yes - but don't worry. If there isn't one for the panel to look at, it's not going to be an issue.
We are looking at a non-qualification appeal
do you think the social side is still not important to mention?
Look at the yellow booklet you were sent by Appeals. It should mention the importance of academic evidence and extenuating circumstances as criteria. I'm quite sure it doesn't mention the social side as a criterion for qualified status!
It's just possible someone on the panel will ask about outside interests - in which case you're free to answer. Ideally, though, they'd rather hear about academic interests such as grade 5 music, membership of MENSA, chess champion ....... !
the school have only predicted a 4/5 for end KS2. This is in the school's report for the appeal but are we wise not to mention this unless they ask about it? And if they ask about it, is it likely to be a sticking point?
It is a bit of a problem. The panel are sure to spot it, so I think you ought to start by raising the issue yourself and confronting it head on. "Typical boy ...... young for his year group ........ the school have left the door open for a level 5 ...... he is maturing
I would then move on to suggest that any weakness in writing is outweighed by some significant strengths elsewhere!
also in the ed psych report, although his verbal and non verbal scores were good, his spatial scores were low (27th and 79th percentile). We wanted to be open and honest and show all results, but I am worried that they will focus on this. If asked, what is the best way not to get hung up on his spacial results?
I'd be surprised if the panel got hung up on this, but one can never be sure. I think the way to present the EP report is to suggest to the panel that, if VR is the main criterion for the 11+, would they please take into account the alternative evidence of the 99th and 96th percentiles in the verbal battery of tests.
Also, should we take his year 5 school report along. Though the results are good, some comments like 'sometimes lacks pace' might not help. I dont plan to offer it, but if they ask to see it are we better off giving it to them? Or if we conveniently leave it at home are they going to suspect the worst
It's possible they might ask if you've brought a school report or exercise books with you - but just as a matter of routine. They won't think the worst if you say 'No'. There's no requirement for you to show a year 5 report, and you shouldn't do so if it weakens your case.