Some of you may know that I have been a very opinionated contributer to this forum over the years. I live in Kent, and am very opposed to the Kent Test system- I wish that we could have proper comprehensive schools. However, pragmatically, my children both took the test, although they were not tutored and we did minimal preparation at home. Their primary school does familiarization papers only.My daughter is now in year 11 of high performing grammar school, predicted 6 A*s and 4 As.
My son, however, despite ok CATS, 3 level 5s in year 5 and general, all round grammar schoolyness failed the test catastrophically for no reason that anyone seems to be able to fathom. Despite incredibly low marks, his head teacher appealed vociferously, but unsuccessfully. I am now in the position of putting my money where my mouth is and sending him to the local high school, which is fine, but where he will be one of very few high achieving boys, where there is no choir, and where there isn't the opportunity, for example, to do 3 sciences at GCSE.
The decision we have to make now is whether to appeal. We have very little chance as his marks were low and the are no extenuating circumstances. The Head is very keen for us to appeal. Our son isn't keen. He wants to have certainty, and is quIte happy to go to the High School.
So, votes, please. What should we do?