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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:48 am 
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Hi,

Planning 11+ appeal since DS failed to qualify. Have strong ed. psych. report and good supporting letter from present Head. DS did however get awarded an academic scholarship at a local independent school (but even with this, we can't afford the fees). The question is: for his appeal, should we use his offer of an academic scholarship at indep. school as extra supporting evidence, or would the panel be unimpressed by that? Even worse, they might conclude that we should just send him to the independent school, and be unsympathetic.

Thanks for advice.

CO.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:18 pm 
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Hi - thought I would reply as no -one else had. i had this situation 2 years ago and I just included the offer letter in with my evidence but did not refer to it other than to list it in the evidence. It was either not referred to at all or if it was then I went on about the change in circumstances around why we could not take the award up - appeal was successful though.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:27 pm 
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I wouldn't include it because the offer doesn't mean GS suitability. Private school standards vary enormously ...

You need KS2 levels or CAT scores which are national measures.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:51 pm 
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Hi CO

there is a bit about this in the FAQ http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b50 although this refers to other 11 plus exams, I suppose it is also relevant to indie schools and scholarships.

Ultimately it comes down to how competitive / academic the independent school is. Some schools offer lots of small academic / sports / arts scholarships etc to students however often they are not enough to tip the balance in people taking up a place, particularly when they add up all the remaining costs. If the academic award was won by further assessment eg another test / interview etc and the school is known for being academic then I would do as DC17C did, include it but your main case should be the other evidence.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:18 pm 
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Ultimately it comes down to how competitive / academic the independent school is.

I agree with Herman - if, and only if, the independent school is known to be very prestigious and highly academic, then it would be worth a mention, even though direct comparisons aren't possible.

Just assuming for the moment this were to be the case, I'm not sure I would highlight it in the written case, though. A very casual mention during the hearing would be better, if a suitable opportunity arises. For example, panels often seem to enquire about alternative schools (I wish they didn't!).

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:08 am 
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Thanks, DC17C, Guest55, HermanMunster and Etienne for your kind advice.

Best Wishes, CO.


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