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 Post subject: Appeal or Not to Appeal
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:40 pm 
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Hi all been reading the forum for a few months now and decided to join up for advice and information.

My son received his 11+ grammer school results today and scored 235 out of the required pass of 236.

The grammer school he sat the test for are apparantly over subscibed and I've been told (rightly or wrongly) that
children who took the test and achived the required pass of 236 have not been granted a place.

My dilemma now is do I submit an appeal based on him just missing the required total of 236 by 1 point and does he have a decent case to appeal ?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Hi Lightyear and welcome!

Can I ask which school this is ?

and also have you read the appeals FAQ ? http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:49 pm 
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Welcome from me too!

You need an academic case to prove that he could reasonably have been expected to score more highly.
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
(The fact that he was just a mark short is one plus point!)

Secondly, you need a case to deal with the oversubscription aspect.
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... -school#c2

As Herman is suggesting, you ought to read through all the Q&As.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:00 pm 
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Many thanks for the welcome !!

School is Wirral Grammer.

I've printer off a number of pages to read over the weekend which will hopefully answer my queries.

I must say I never thought it would be quite as stressfull as it is !!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:03 pm 
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No lightyear - parenthood is one stress after another!! :wink:

Anyway we are here to answer questions about appeals etc. good luck with the reading !


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:02 pm 
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Sorry if this may sound a bit of daft question but are "nerves" a solid enough case or a mitigating circumstance for an appeal ?
My son does see to panic and get very nervouse when taking tests.

Or am I clutching at straws here !!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:27 pm 
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are "nerves" a solid enough case or a mitigating circumstance for an appeal ? My son does see to panic and get very nervouse when taking tests.

If you're just a mark short, then quite possibly.

For anything more substantial, then some hard evidence would help (e.g. a report of vomiting/fainting before the test!).

This presupposes that mitigating circumstances are necessary:
Q&As, B10 (updated version):
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Note that the new Code of Practice which came into force on 1st February 2012 makes no mention at all of extenuating circumstances. This is not necessarily to say that extenuating circumstances might not be discussed at a hearing, but they shouldn’t be the basis of an appeal. The main focus should always be on academic evidence.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:47 pm 
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Thanks for the replies, very helpful and appreciated.


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