Etienne - many thanks for your valuable feedback which I have used to refine my appeal document - would you mind reviewing it if I sent it to the confidential appeals box? I would rather keep it confidential due to the medical issues.
Sorry - we don't usually have time to check written submissions.
(Occasionally we need to see a draft submission in order to give someone advice, but in that situation we
Also, I am still a bit confused though on some conflicting advice on this site. I have read through loads of the appeals reports on the site and quite a few believe that the decision was made before the appeals hearing and that the written submission is really important
The idea that decisions are made before the hearing belongs in the Myths & Legends section!
and that evidence for absolutely everything is key.
That bit is correct.
If I do as you advise, Etienne and keep the written submission really brief, and say, don't mention my daughter's hand getting trapped, then how can I prove it really happened without including the letter from her doctor as evidence. Or should I just take it with me as backup?
Take the letter with you to the hearing.
Also if I don't mention the logistical problems in detail in writing, I am worried that decisions will have been made before I step in the room.
No they won't!
Or are you saying I should provide detailed evidence but keep the overview really simple?
Yes - if it's an important point, I see no reason why you can't attach the evidence, and explain the logistical argument by means of a brief bullet point.
When speaking to admissions, they also advised that I could leave the Grounds for Appeal section blank and just say " to be added later" so as to get the appeal in before the deadline but leave the main points for later on before the hearing. I am inclined to do this as I feel my DD case would be stronger for SGGS if she already had a place at AGS (which she is on the waiting list for, but may not get a place until after 31st march) rather than her currently allocated school. i.e. the logistical issues re AGS are significant but less so for her currently allocated school. Any views on this appreciated also.
If you need more time, you can indeed delay. This is covered in the Q&As:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a7
Also one last small Q. One question that seemed to come up regularly asked by the appeals panel was " what books is your child reading". At the moment I wouldn't have a clue as dd rarely reads at home.. should I just be honest or should I find out what she has been reading at school?? I suppose I am trying to understand what the real purpose of this question is...
Difficult to say which of the following applies:
(a) They want to check that the child is reading something more advanced than comics (but if you say "The complete works of Shakespeare", how are they to know she really has read them?)
(b) They can't think of anything else to ask!
See 'filler' questions:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... ication#b7
I doubt that your answer will influence their decision so long as you don't reply "Comics"! The balance (in terms of length and detail) between the written submission and the presentation at the hearing
See C18(b):http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c18
Of the two possible approaches, I think a brief written submission is preferable, unless of course .......