Welcome to Appeals - and thank you for your kind words.
would it be possible to run a review based principally on the maths element being totally out of line with his normal maths ability, or would we need to show he was very strong across verbal/English too (he is not as strong in that area). He did very well in the NVR section.
I think it likely they will look at the overall picture, as well as the maths.
However, the information they're interested in will be on the headteacher's selection review summary sheet, so you yourself could try and put the focus on maths if you wanted to.
Secondly, looking at the good practice section in the guidance document, it talks about academic evidence plus evidence of why he was knocked off course on the day. He clearly had a bad day, but I can't point to a particular trauma that could have caused it. In the absence of anything, is it much less likely we will succeed?
It would appear to be a potential weakness, in the light of their statement: “the SRP will normally expect there to be strong evidence of both high academic ability and exceptional reasons for underperformance in the tests
” [my bold print].
And thirdly, I see we can ask for a hand remark for £28. Is that likely to achieve anything? Would that pick up perhaps if he had marked the boxes too faintly for the computer to read? I'm trying to think what situations that may help with.
You've probably seen:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b55
For £28, you get a manual re-mark, plus confirmation of the scores.
It might provide a degree of reassurance - but, beyond that, we are told that the information provided is minimal.