The panel asked no relevant questions at the end - we were shocked.
Not a good sign, but not an easy issue to pursue.
Is this an academy? If so, in the event of a complaint you would be asked by the EFA which section of the Appeals Code has been breached. http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a4
Letter arrived informing us we were unsuccessful spelling his name wrong 3 times!
I agree with what Sally-Anne says.
If this was just a clerical error (rather than mistaken identity!), they might get their knuckles rapped, but nothing more.
Stated that they recognised he was unwell in second exam - he was unwell for first exam!
As above - someone would have to decide whether this was a minor clerical error, or whether it caused a serious injustice.
It said DS wants to be a vet so tries hard at science - we never said this, we showed consistently top of his class in science and won award for it.
It might be argued that the panel didn't take his achievements fully into consideration, but one would need the clerk's notes to see whether there is evidence that they did or didn't.
In other words, is it just another instance of a badly worded letter, or did the panel fail in its duty to consider all the evidence properly?
Reasons for rejection: DS good at science and sport but all schools offer this.
If they are going to reject all curriculum reasons out of hand, there would appear to be no point appealing on this basis!
Unfortunately it's almost impossible to challenge the panel's judgement - the issue is whether there was a procedural error. Did the panel give proper consideration to your argument including the school's specialisms?
DS was ill on day of test and did not perform to best of her ability but tests are based on performance on the day.
It is true that mitigating circumstances are no longer mentioned in the Code, but I would have thought the panel has a duty to consider any relevant evidence. If the argument is that the only thing that matters is performance on the day, it rather begs the question "What is the point of an appeal?".
I agree with Sally-Anne that your next step should be to try and get hold of the clerk's notes.
If you'd like to send a copy of the decision letter in its entirety to the Appeals Box, I'll take a closer look at it for you.viewtopic.php?f=35&t=9907&p=108023#p108023