I'm afraid there are no easy answers.
The school are keen for me to keep the application in place and that is also the advice I am getting from BCC
The system is designed to steer you towards a review!
I am seriously concerned that because my son had a low score of 113 and we don’t have any extenuating circumstances we will not be successful.
The headteachers manual does refer to a normal
expectation of 'exceptional extenuating circumstances
' at review.
Not sure I entirely believe this, but the further away from 121, the more likely it is to be true.
My concern is that if we are unsuccessful it will jeopardise our chance at appeal as we will have to argue that the selection review was unfair and inconsistent.
Strictly speaking it should be for the admission authority to prove that the review was 'fair, consistent & objective', not for you to prove that it wasn't.
However, appeal panels vary in how strictly they interpret the Code, and different panels have been known to come to different decisions with regard to the very same case. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=39747&p=475797&hilit=different+appeal+panels#p475797
Please are you able to shed any light on whether an unsuccessful selection review weakens a subsequent appeal?
If this is a completely separate question from 'fair, consistent & objective', and if you're asking whether an appeal panel might be influenced by the review panel's earlier decision, the answer is that they could
give some weight to it (as part of the evidence) if they wanted to, but I suspect they probably wouldn't.
In other words, if you get over the 'fair, consistent & objective' hurdle, I think an appeal panel would most likely take a completely fresh look at your case.
I am very keen for him to go to a grammar school because of his ability, as is he, but feel unable to make an informed decision about the right route to take. It doesn't help knowing that only 9% got through in 2013 with his score of 113 but 30% got through in 2014 with his score - which way will it go this year!??
As scary mum says, you can't compare 113 in 2013 with 113 in 2014, because the range of marks was different. 2015 ought to be more like 2014, but there are still likely to be some variations from year to year.
a 2:1 recommendation
To assess what weight to give this, I suspect both review and appeal panels would look very closely at how many of the school's 2:1, 2:2 and 2:3 recommendations actually qualified.
I assume you've read all the guidance on here?viewtopic.php?f=12&t=36418http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e33