In our case, if we were to appeal we have to prove FCO and then may get a chance at Academic again.
Strictly speaking, it's the admission authority that has to prove FCO, not you who have to disprove it - but you could certainly raise your concerns about the clerk's record.
I have asked County for the actual clerks notes and they say that what we have are the complete notes.
That sounds correct.
The Head also said to me that a covering letter came from county with the selection review decisions to school that stated that if a child got <115 then only a 1:1 would get them through. I asked for a copy and she said no as it was confidential. Why did she tell me then?
I would tell the appeal panel about this. If true, it would be a terrible system because of the lack of consistency between schools when they decide on their recommendations.
We have been trying to look into reasons why NCT did not perform on the day and someone suggested having an Ed Pysch WISC report commissioned. We decided to have both of the boys take the test. Not really sure how to interpret them or whether we can use them in a further appeal.
I would hesitate to use this at appeal because the results are mixed. PRI is excellent - but I'm afraid the VCI won't impress.
I also have a spreadsheet which details all boys SATs (current, predicted etc) scores from Y2 to Y6 which shows how 3 children get from year 2 to year 6 making progress at different rates. I was a school governor for 4 years and sat in lots of school improvement meetings so should know that there isn’t one particular path a child should take. The test points are year 2 and year 6 ie it doesn’t matter how a child gets there but that he does.
For what it's worth, I agree with you!
We opted for a Selection Review we were so confident in his academic ability but at the time had no extenuating circumstances that we knew of apart from being very anxious.
I'm not convinced that review panels are consistent in requiring exceptional circumstances - but I suspect they would be for lower scores.
Totally inadequate pro-forma of clerks notes enclosed with letter.
Certainly a point to be made at appeal!Two questions
1. Can you find out from the school how many '1' recommendations the head gave, and how many qualified in the 11+? Similarly, how many '2' recommendations did the head give, and how many qualified in the 11+?
(The head may or may not be willing to reveal this information - but you're going to find out anyway if you go to appeal! It's just that it might help you to prepare.)
2. Do you have any evidence of NCT's lack of confidence? Is it commented on by the head?