Thanks for the background info which came through this time.
My son has a recognised disability. He has no SEN in place for this. I didn't declare it on the application form as I thought it would make little difference to how he sat the exam. An error in judgement on my part.
It seems perfectly reasonable to me that you were focusing on the issue of whether any adjustments to the test arrangements would be needed.
Will this have an impact of pursuing an appeal.
It shouldn't - although they may well ask why it wasn't mentioned originally, and whether in hindsight any adjustments would have helped.
Its very difficult as we have always taught him that his problem is a reason to try harder, not an excuse for not doing well.
I really like that - and I think an appeal panel would appreciate it too.
I do worry that people will make judgements based on his disability about his suitability for GS?
Appeal panels are made up of fallible human beings, but I hope they would act properly (and I'm sure the vast majority do). The Appeals Code specifically states that "The admission authority and appeal panel must act in accordance with relevant human rights and equalities legislation, for example, the Equality Act 2010
There have been a number of threads on the forum about appeals for children with a wide range of disabilities. For example (and I know your son doesn't have all these conditions, but the experience of the parents concerned may be of interest):viewtopic.php?f=35&t=14003&hilit=tiffin+appeal%3Fviewtopic.php?f=35&t=8297&hilit=definitionviewtopic.php?f=35&t=23397&p=275120&hilit=adhd#p275120
I would advise you to focus on evidence of high ability, and reasons for wanting a place at the school being appealed for - because ultimately that is what will decide the outcome of your appeal.
Apart from answering any questions from the panel, I would let the medical evidence speak for itself.
Do let us know if we can be of any further help.