hetty wainthrop wrote:
There was no mention of academic ability, as this was evidenced by our child's predicted SATs scores which all appeal panels have access to, prior to an actual appeal. At the appeal, we felt the fact that the headteacher had given this minimal support did help, although other factors were more persuasive in our case and fortunately we were successful.
We only have access to the predicted SATS scores if the school fill in the questionnaire that the clrk / county send out. If the head or person filling it in doesn't agree with 11+, either it doesn't come back or bits are not filled in. One question is only completed in 50% of returns: "Would a grammar education suit this child? with a Y or N box.
Some schools (private), don't sit SATS, so there are no predicted SAT scores, though they often submit other scores. Trying to compare them is a nightmare (to put it mildly), especially when they are teacher marked, rather than standardised. Some teachers want their pupils to go to grammars, others not. We have to try & see through staff prejudice, parental ability to write appeals, presentation skills and the like and judge if the child really should have a place vs. affecting the children who already have a place.
I really hope that all of your children pass. The less appeals, the better