Surbiton mum wrote:
I am disappointed with her scores and highly doubt there could be an error as it was hand marked internally. Upon request they refused to remark, I was just wondering if I am within my rights to request TGS to remark stage 2 11+ entrance exam papers/scripts by appealing.
I don't think you could insist for appeal purposes.
Policies vary from admission authority to admission authority. Some admission authorities (in Glos., I believe) are prepared to produce scripts at an appeal hearing. Some authorities (Kent?) are even willing to do a remark free of charge. Others impose a fee - Buckinghamshire, for example:
Where a child has taken part in the 11+ testing process parents are able, upon receipt of the appropriate fee, to request the following (under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000):
1. Raw scores - £10
2. Test paper remark - £25 (£15 as the paper will be marked by hand plus £10 as the raw scores will also be released)
3. Test paper analysis - £25 (as above)
..... The additional £15 fee (in 2 and 3 above) is payable as under Schedule 7(9) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the LA is not required to provide exam scripts or the information recorded in them, hence the LA is required to undertake extra work in order to provide the requested information.
In your case, I would want to know what checks were in place to lessen the chances of human error.
When you say your request was refused, do you have that in writing?
They may be reluctant to comply because it might encourage others to bombard them with the same request! Have you tried offering to pay an appropriate fee to cover the extra work they would have to undertake? If not, it's worth a try, because to an appeal panel it would show how very reasonable you have been.
Keep a copy of all correspondence for the appeal.
Will your current headteacher confirm in writing that the score was completely unexpected and ought to be checked? That could strengthen your case.
I also understand that TGS marks were not age weighted. My Daughter is August born can we take that as a point on our appeal.
You cannot challenge the system if they are following their published admission arrangements. However, as part of your own case you could quite reasonably point out that your daughter is August-born, and respectfully request the panel to take that into account. You could also point (very briefly) to evidence that summer-born children appear to be at a disadvantage if age-weighting is not used.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/98 ... rents.html