HT stated gave less than a handful of 1:1 so hoping this is in our favour. Majority of 2:1s apparently passed
Sounds promising - but difficult to be sure without a full breakdown.
Dd achieved straight level 3s at KS1.
SATS for yr 5 were Maths 5b, Reading 5c and Writing 4a.
Predicted yr 6 are Maths 6, Reading 6 and Writing 5b
CAT scores are less consistent:
Year 5 VR123 NVR 130 QUA 116
Year 4 VR 116 NVR 101 QUA 126
At least they're heading in the right direction.
Just really struggling with how on earth to try and explain why dd did not perform as expected - how important is the parents section? Is the HT support the most important thing?
is the most important thing- and usually, of course, the HT report is the most significant part of the majority of parents' evidence.
Have read all the fab advice from the Mods on here in the Appeals section but am receiving conflicting advice from HT. They have suggested removing any reference to academic attainment which I have tried to bullet point as per Mary's letter example as am simply repeating what is in their section. Has instead suggest I concentrate on dd's attitude to work at home and subjective attributes, favourite authors etc. which I know you say to omit.
What we actually say in the Q&As is that we don't
attach much significance to the parental statement! However, forum members were always asking for guidance, so we came up with Mary's letter.
If you're going to write anything, then we would stand by the format of Mary's letter for want of anything better. (Glad to hear LeprechaunQueen found it useful.
To focus on "dd's attitude to work at home and subjective attributes, favourite authors etc
" seems a very curious suggestion by the school. I would love to see the evidence
for assertions such as:
"Our 10 year old daughter spends all her time at home diligently engaged in academic research" and
"Her favourite authors are Shakespeare, Proust, Tolstoy, and Aeschylus".
It's not going to work, is it?
If what really matters is the academic evidence (and it is!), then the parental statement might indeed look a bit repetitive. However, it could (a) serve as a useful summary, (b) provide the opportunity to highlight anything you particularly want to draw attention to, and (c) there might even be academic evidence that is not school-based, for example:
• Please see attached summary sheet (appendix 1) where the headteacher says the review has his "wholehearted support".
• Attached is the Y5 report (appendix 2) where X is described as "very able" and a "quick thinker".
• An educational psychologist's report is enclosed (appendix 3), which shows verbal comprehension at the 95th percentile, and perceptual reasoning at the 98th percentile ("very superior").
• Also attached is evidence of grade 4 music (piano). Coping with the theory involved at this level is said to be an indicator of academic ability.
Will send details to Appeals box now.
Not yet received, but thought I'd post the above anyway.