I've moved your post to Appeals where we can deal with individual cases.
The school have provided a pretty glowing assessment and have given her a 2:1. recommendation. The head is very supportive and I know that they are strictly objective when recommending pupils.
Good - it will be obvious to a panel from the statistics whether the 2:1 is realistic!
Reading: End of Y5 - 5c Current - 5c Predicted at end of Y6 - 5b
Writing: End of Y5 - 5c Current - 5c Predicted at end of Y6 - 5b
Maths End of Y5 - 5c Current - 5c Predicted at end of Y6 - 5b
Good - but normal progression would be from 5c to 5a!
2010-2012 VR 115, 122, 116
The main weakness in your case, I think. You might have got away with 122 on its own, I can't say, but it's more difficult with the three scores.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b57
Low KS1 Scores - Scores were 2b at the end of KS1. Should I simply not mention this, or should I use them to illustrate the fantastic progress DD has made. In Ks1 DD was rather withdrawn but really has blossomed since.
The KS1 results are likely to be reported by your headteacher anyway, because there's a space for them on the headteacher's review summary sheet. I think a very brief comment from you could help.
Relatively low VR Scores - I'm sure that the panel will spot this and I really have no explanation of why they appear to be out of kilter with the sats.
They measure different things - SATs, to some extent, are a reflection not only of ability but of the pupil's motivation, the quality of the teaching, and the ethos of the school. Reasoning tests try to be more a measurement of innate ability. Unfortunately this is not the sort of explanation you can put on a review or appeal form!
New scoring system - In the old system, a score of 109 would put DD below the 50th percentile, In the new system it would appear that 109 much nearer the 60th (I think!), Should I trust the panel to know this? Should I mention it?
I would leave that to the panel. It's misleading anyway to talk of percentiles which usually refer to nationally standardised tests. The panel will understand that scores are now more 'stretched out'.
Should I mention sibling at Grammar?
No - that would be solely an argument for an oversubscription appeal.
DD plays in several bands at our music centre. Is it appropriate to mention that the preferred Grammar has fantastic music facilities where we feel DD will be more able to reach her potential?
Like so many others we are at a loss as to what happened on the day of the test, we are considering having a WISC test carried out to see if that flags up any issues. Would the results be considered by the panel?
Yes - and here we can talk percentiles. Ideally you would want percentiles for cognitive ability in the 90s - preferably the upper 90s!