Primary school heads don't necessarily know too much about appeals - no reason why they should, but they shouldn't make it up by substituting what they think
might be required!
We went to see our son's head teacher yesterday who threw us into a panic by talking about letters from choir masters and scout masters and football coaches and stuff about "the whole child" ....... When we got home, we rang the LEA Secondary Admissions Team, who confirmed what the Head had said. All we could think was that things had changed somehow. We were completely confused!
Then, late last night the Head rang us at home. He said that he had just talked to the Clerk of a Kent appeals panel, who said that both he (the Head) and the Admissions Team were absolutely wrong, ............
The Clerk said that the only time letters from coaches and so on could possibly be useful is if it is a specialist school and they provide solid, independent evidence from a qualified person of a particular aptitude. He also said that sometimes evidence of independent thinking and leadership might help a bit, but not much. He said that the crucial element is hard evidence. The Head's recommendation is very important.which needs to be incredibly carefully worded. Any element of "he deserves a place because he's a lovely lad with beautiful manners" and the whole letter is called into question. And SATS levels, CATS scores and an Ed Psychs reports. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25123&hilit=clerk#p298052
I guess I will get more of an idea when I get the appeal paperwork after 1st March
I'd be surprised if it goes into detail such as which school reports should be included.
I think all the KS2 reports would normally
be too much. I would usually suggest just the most recent reports - year 5, plus any interim reports if available (e.g. year 6, mid-year).
An exception might be if there had been extenuating circumstances affecting academic performance in year 5 - in that situation the parent would want to demonstrate that what happened in year 5 was just a blip, and would turn to earlier reports for proof.
If your child had straight level 3s at KS1, it could be worth including the printout of those results (just the one sheet), as the panel might well view it as a good early indicator of grammar school standard.
Head also mentioned putting in merit awards
I suggest only if they are for exceptional academic achievement - not for effort or anything else!