I want to appeal the decision not to take her on based on the in year testing because firstly we were not aware that the school would include science in the testing so my daughter only had 3 months (whilst doing other school work) to learn the science curriculum.
Worth mentioning, if this wasn't made clear.
Secondly the tests administered were Level 5-7 (level 7 is what is expected of Year 8/9 not Year 7, so my daughter was at an unfair advantage when undertaking the tests
Not sure this is a strong point. Level 5 would be on the low side.
If the average was level 6, that would seem about right.
Some higher level questions would leave open the possibility for more advanced candidates to shine.
Rather than raising this in your written submission, the best approach would be simply to ask a few questions of the school representative at the hearing: "Is it fair to include level 7 questions? What proportion of the test was level 7 standard?
The fact that the school were willing to take her last year, despite her being a border line student means that they saw some potential in her then.
Probably worth a brief mention, but it was the appeal panel - not the school - that recognised the potential.
This will be a fresh hearing, and no independent appeal panel is bound by the decision of a previous panel.
However, it will be interesting to see if it turns out to be exactly the same panel, as that might help in terms of sympathy. Would you recognise the names?
Had she attended a UK school for Year 7 and taken the tests she would have faired better. Her scores abroad are all high and considering she is working in a second language should indicate her ability to adapt and do well with the right environement.
This seems a point worth making.
I need advice on what I should write and whether my reasons are valid...Thank you in advance.
Keep it brief and very factual.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b40
Normally we would advise plenty of alternative academic evidence, but this may not be so easy in your case.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
Do you have any alternative evidence such as a glowing academic report from the foreign school?
Do read the Q&As:viewtopic.php?f=35&t=35032