I'm new to this forum. I got my daughter's result back this Friday last. She did reasonably well for someone not coached and just a few months of preparation without a tutor. She scored 181 - which is some way below the AQS.
I didn't even know until the weekend that appeals were possible on the 11+, but now I'm considering what options are available to get her into a grammar - if any?
There are no extenuating circumstances for her score being what it is: no illness, death, plague or pestilence. Her school was judged inadequate about a year ago which possibly had some effect on her development but I can't quantify that as she's consistently been above average in class.
The only excuse that can possibly be set against her is having a dad who doesn't believe that relentless coaching for an exam is necessarily a good way to encourage a love for learning for the rest of her life. I don't begrudge others for believing the opposite. The system is what it is.
Anyway, is it a lost cause? Reading these forums and the spectacular scores others have had (and good luck to each and every one of them) it would seem so, but I'd like to be sure! And if any grounds for appeal/clemency are available when is the time to make the appeal?
Thanks for reading!
Someone will be able to give you specific information, but with a score of 181 vs an AQS of over 200 in most cases, I suspect an appeal willbe difficult without some pretty striking extenuating circumstances.
I will gently point out, especially as a lot of those who might be able to help you did do coaching, two things
1. Those of us who pay for coaching are highly unlikely to believe in 'relentless coaching being a way to encourage a love of learning' and actually used coaching as a low pressure aid to learning, with not a hint of relentlessness and
2. A few months of preparation at home, is coaching. It's DIY coaching, but it's coaching, tutoring, whatever you like to call it. dIY coaching is extremely effective and many get into GS that way. There are many reasons people choose a professional tutor, far more likely to be to do with time and personality for learning, rather than because DIY doesn't work. We daily see evidence that it does. But it is indeed coaching, and can be relentless too if the parent chooses!
Best of luck in your appeal if you go ahead.