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 Post subject: Words of Wisdom
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:10 pm 
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Thankfully, I have just come across this site and on reading the many postings now feel that I am not fully prepared for our forthcoming appeal, which is in early Feb. Our child scored 115/120 and is being strongly recommended by his Head, who ranks him 29th out of a year group of 90 children. OoS 2:1. Unfortunately I do not yet know where that puts him in terms of who has qualified above and below him. He has been predicted level 5 Sats, having already achieved that level in English by the end of year 5. His Cats scores last year were VR 131, English 118 and Maths 113. I am not sure if this is enough academic evidence of his ability or aptitude? There are mitigating circumstances which I am happy to share via PM. At this stage I am just looking for any advice and reassurances as to the best way forward.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:44 pm 
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Very sensible of you to find this site before your appeal...its absolutely full of really great advice - unfortunately I didn't find it until the evening after my appeal! I only searched around because my appeal was so much more negative than I had been led to expect and I was looking for reassurance. My son scored 120, had some mitigating circumstances, a very strong letter of support from the head placing him in the top 25% in both English and Maths in a very high performing school, so I figured that we were virtually home and dry. Although the panel were endlessly patient, kind and encouraging they were also very focussed on the issues. I found myself having to answer questions about his first test paper which was a rather low 111. I had understood that it was only the highest score that counted. I was also asked about internal setting arrangements and groupings in his year group - another opportunity for me to flounder and waffle! Anyway, I have not yet heard the news, although I am now preparing myself for the worst. When we have our result I intend to post more detailed and lucid advice about the panel experience.


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Hi nibbee

That sounds pretty good, all round. On 120 you don't have to prove a huge amount, but you have some reasonable back-up there. Level 5s, one very good CATs score and the other two aren't bad.

A 2:1 ranking but 29th is interesting - all will be revealed on the OoS, but it is a high-achieving school. I just hope that the Head was reasonably accurate. You will get a copy of the OoS with the appeal papers, which you should receive any day now for an early Feb appeal.

On Lynsey's point about the lower score: Where there is a big gap such as 9 points between the 2 scores the panel will be trying to assess which score represents the child's ability most accurately and which one was the fluke. A gap of 5 points will probably be raised by the panel, but not as intensely debated as it was with Lynsey's case.

I am happy for you to PM me to discuss the mitigating circumstances.

Sally-Anne


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 Post subject: Words of Wisdom
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:07 pm 
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Hi Lynsey
Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you did the best that you could. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.


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 Post subject: Words of Wisdom
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:39 pm 
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Hi Sally-Anne
Did you receive my PM? Being new to this site I am not sure whether I have actually sent it to you or it has gone astray.
Thanks


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 Post subject: Words of wisdom
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:07 pm 
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Dear Nibbee, good luck with the result of your appeal. Sometimes you can just put too much into this and come out with worry and confusion on the other side. I hope and pray that the postman is as good to you as he has been to us today. Get some sleep and have a good weekend :?


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Hi nibbee

No - I was wondering why I hadn't heard from you! The usual problem is my ridiculous hyphenated user name.

It is not my real name, and I am very grateful for that! The old school friend whose name I stole for this Forum must suffer complete miseries with banks and building societies, etc.

Please re-open the message and copy and paste the text into a new one. Then use the "search for user name" facility and enter Sally*. Or just add the hyphen if that was the problem!

Sally-Anne


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