Not sure what official guidance you were given, but we spelled out the situation on here:
For a review, the headteachers manual does state “The SRP [selection review panel] will normally expect there to be strong evidence of both high academic ability and exceptional reasons for underperformance in the tests.” [our emphasis]
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e33
I'm not convinced this was always enforced in practice, but I think it highly likely it would have been for low scores.
any chance of a successful appeal against the non offer of a grammar school place
One never knows!
There is the 'fair, consistent & objective' hurdle which might halt any further consideration of your case - but we know of a lot of cases last year that were found not to have been 'fair, consistent & objective' on appeal.
Then there is the low score.
On the other hand, you have some very good academic evidence. 5c's at the end of year 5, and 5a predictions for KS2 look fine.
123, 128 and 125 in NFER tests seem quite respectable scores.
I note the strong headteacher support. (It would be interesting to know how his other '1' recommendations fared.)
On our copy of the clerks record of the review is a note stating that the NFER scores were not strong enough to compensate the score of 90. We keep going over this point and wondering if it is a fair comment
It begs the question "What scores were they looking for then (and how would those scores be justified)?" That could be a question for an appeal!
and wondering whether in fact all low score reviews were simply disregarded.
Not sure about 90, but we have heard of one or two successes in the mid to upper 90s.
How can we be sure that they gave our review fair consideration or did they just dismiss it in seconds.
Another question for an appeal?
As a rule of thumb - if you're unsure what to do, then appeal.
It may be an uphill struggle, but I think the way to approach this is not with 'high hopes', but simply with a view to wanting some clarification and a 'second opinion'.