Hi - worried mum here again, who you may recall had a major issue with H/T not recommending dd for grammar. She scored 117 and 115 and is predicted as 2 x Level 5's by school and 1 x Level 4A. Had 2 external assessments done - 1 by a teacher and one by an ed psych which showed that dd was fairly borderline (no surprises) with strengths in Maths and Reading and a learning impairment due to working memory. We also had extenuating circumstances.
Panel were very pleasant and sympathetic. 2 retired Head Teachers and a Granny. They clearly felt the H/T assessment was weird (since Head's written comments stated that she supported appeal) and inappropriate given the other evidence we supplied. I really felt they were on our side.
The only issue will be whether they feel academically dd is up to it - all the other sticky issues with the school were genuinely neutralised. They clearly felt we had also had a rough ride with the school refusing to give supporting evidence.
Questions they asked follow:
- How much did we feel ext. circumstances affected dd?
- Given SATS predictions, why were there not more 'working beyonds' on school report?
- How did dd feel when she got the result?
- What did dd say about the tests themselves?
- Were there any disturbances during the test itself?
- Does the schoolwork show the effect of ext. circumstances too?
They then asked lots of questions about dd's personal qualities and interests - were especially probing about her personality since report makes some v positive comments about her being a natural leader and a positive influence on peers. I felt they wanted to hear good stuff and were well disposed towards us. But..... if they don't feel the school books and academic evidence holds up to scrutiny I have no doubt we will lose, and here it is very wobblty. So let's see....will keep everyone posted and a big thank you to Sally-Anne and Etienne especially for all their interest and support!