Thank you very much for your response, it was very helpful.
If it is possible I would appreciate your opinion on a couple of other points as I am having a bit of difficulty putting together what I would regard as a credible case for my son, I have spent many hours now looking at all the posts in the appeal section and at your very informative question and answer section and have noticed that in almost every case that the children are regarded by their school and in particular their parents as being hard working and always giving their best effort. This has not always been the case for my son.
In his last school report (end of Yr5) it states that whilst getting predominantly A's and B's for achievement he got C's and D's for effort, along with comments such as ' although ***** is achieving he is capable of much, much more' as well as a few negative comments about his behaviour. On a positive note, it says he does produce work to a high standard and he is on a register for being an able all rounder and maths in particular.
His previous two end of year reports were much better getting high grades for effort and achievement.
His NFER verbal reasoning scores from school reflect this, dropping from 130 in Yr3 and Yr4 to 118 in Yr5.
During his year 5 at school there were issues at home that may or may not have affected his general attitude towards school, I donâ€™t know.
It was only after speaking with my son as to whether he wanted to go to a grammar school, which he did, and then with his head teacher that we went ahead with an appeal. His head said he was bright and that he has worked very hard, to a high standard this year and his behaviour has not been an issue. He gave him a 1:1 recommendation in his summary. Prior to this meeting I was in two minds as whether to appeal, because if I am honest I don't believe school is the most important part of his life, though I may be wrong. On reflection it was his head teacher that convinced me that I should appeal.
My concern is that without a school report to reflect this recent improvement, I am in doubt as whether his last school report will help or hinder his chances of a successful appeal. From your comments on previous threads I get the impression that a further letter detailing an improvement in his behaviour may not carry much weight as it would be written specifically for an appeal. I think by not including this last report the panel would regard me as having something to hide.
I am also very concerned about the NFER score of 118 as he scored 120 and 118 in the actual tests. He said he finished both papers well within time.
I honestly don't know whether he is suitable for a grammar school or not.
I have been advised not to submit anything that shows my son in a negative light, i.e. not his last report, I am not sure. My instincts are just send off all his reports and let them make up their minds.
I would greatly appreciate your opinion. I am sorry itâ€™s so long winded.