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Grammar School Appeals: 11+, 12+ and 13+ Appeals: Handbook for Parents Bk. 1
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Accelerated Education Tuition has been tutoring children for about fifteen years for 11+ selection tests. Whilst we have a very high success rate there are always children who fail to achieve the required score for a number of reasons. Obviously, we do not encourage parents to appeal if the child has missed the score significantly and the test is fairly true representation of their overall ability. However, children who are academically bright sometimes fail to perform on a particular day or there may be health issues or circumstantial reasons that have impacted their performance. On these occasions I have helped parents lodge their appeal and this book contains the collective wisdom of fifteen years of doing this.
Many appeals are lost because they are presented badly. It is essential to be clear and concise in the ?Grounds for Appeal? statement. It must be written so well that even if the parent elected not to be present, the appeal could still be fairly heard and considered. We always tell parents to be present at their appeal and to ?stick like glue? to their ?Grounds for Appeal?. In a way their presence is only required to give validity and support to their own statement. There should be no attempt to add significant additional information to the appeal as it can give the impression of desperation or of a very weak appeal. If the appeal is circumstantial or health related there should be supporting evidence. If a child has significant health issues the provision of documentary medical evidence is crucial. Even if a child was sick on the day of the examination, but still went ahead and sat it, a medical certificate should be provided to verify the illness.
The support of the child?s head teacher is crucial, so it is advisable to pay a visit to the school and discuss the appeal with them. They will usually be required to provide a supporting academic statement, which many will make available to parents if requested. If at all possible a prediction of three SATs level fives in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science will be very helpful. Sometimes an additional supporting statement from their class teacher can be useful if this is positive and indicates academic ability.
The ?Grammar School Appeal?s? book gives useful information about the appeal?s process and on how to structure an appeal statement. The book contains many real examples of successful appeals under the headings of ?academic?, ?circumstantial? and ?health?. There are also sections on appeals on the grounds of ?Special Educational Needs? and letters to the ombudsman who may judge an appeal to have been unfairly heard.
Appeals are hard to win because there is pressure for places in the grammar schools. However, in our experience a well-prepared ?Grounds for Appeal? statement greatly improves the chance of success. As a result our parents have won many appeals that appeared on the surface to stand little chance of success.