think you will find the head is wrong about that - am pretty sure that saying they were ill on the day is no help at appeal .. parents are advised not to take them if they are ill.http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/sites/faq/ite ... flush=true
ETA a bit from the FAQ on here:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b25
B25. The main argument in my case will be that my son was not well when he sat the 11+.
Unless your son became unexpectedly unwell during the test, and told the teacher supervising, then this will not impress. If you decided to send your child in to school, the assumption has to be that he was in a fit state.
Too often panels hear the argument “With the benefit of hindsight we shouldn’t have allowed him to take the test, but he pleaded with us not to postpone it. He desperately wanted to be with his friends. We had to let him do what he wanted.”
A child who is not fit to attend school must NOT be allowed to sit the test. If parents want to abrogate their responsibilities, and then appeal on this basis, they should not be surprised if a panel perceives this to be an abuse of the system.