I have studied the Q and A's section over the last few days. Fantastic information - but so much! No particular mention on incorrect timing of exam as far as I can see?
If we listed every possible extenuating circumstance it would be infinitely longer!
The point we really want to get across is that you might win an appeal with strong academic evidence but no extenuating circumstances - you cannot win an appeal with extenuating circumstances but insufficient academic evidence.
As a secondary
issue, though, if the score is a long way
short of what was required, it does beg the question 'If the child is said to be so bright, why the underperformance? Were there any extenuating circumstances?
Have spoken to the head of primary who will support us fully in giving evidence of her strong academic ability
All level 5 sat result at end of year 5
5b or higher?
When tested at school earlier this year her VR and NVR both scores were both within top 16 percentile
We would normally suggest the 90th percentile and above (preferably the 95th+ to be on the safe side) - but it depends on local circumstances (how competitive GS entry is, and what a local appeal panel would expect.)
We live in an area that has a grammar school system therefore most children sit multiple entrance exams, this is not unusual and probably expected
My point (in your particular case) had more to do with the correlation between different 11+ tests.
She is in top sets for literacy and maths at a high achieving primary school
Has been involved in gifted and talented sessions for art ( does this count I wonder? )
Is this enough?
Only your particular appeal panel can answer that!
What about the extenuating circumstances? We are now fairly convinced she would have received the pass mark if it had not been for the timing error.
I assume there's no argument about the incorrect timing. Do we know for certain it was recorded in the invigilator's log?
The more difficult bit to assess is the effect on your daughter. Did you report this at the time? (It's always a good idea to do this to get it 'on the record'.)