Welcome! - and we do sympathise with your situation.
They have said the only recourse available to us is a remark of the papers - costing £600 (!!!)
That sounds extraordinary when Buckinghamshire can provide a re-mark for £25.https://apps2.buckscc.gov.uk/eCommerce/ ... logue.aspx
and they say that it is extremely unlikely it will make any difference.
That bit may well be correct. Re-marks rarely seem to discover any errors (although it has happened).
I understand that standardisation and age allowance is applied to come up with the final result, however my son has missed out by less than the value of a question and therefore it is all in the way in which the standardisation has taken place.
Another forum member has been battling with this issue of standardisation. I'll see if he's willing to discuss with you.
my DS's application will not even be considered by the school as he has not obtained the minimum score required for application. I feel like we are in a catch 22.
It's true that they will reject the application - but if you list the school on your CAF, and are refused, then you must
have the right of appeal. (However, as far as we are aware, not many appeals for this particular school in recent years appear to have succeeded.)
We offer guidance on appeals. For example:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a36