This is a real sore point in the Tigger household ....I don't expect anyone to recall our story with ds a couple of years ago but he took the test and narrowly missed it....in the schools letter of support one of the points made was that the test came too soon for him ...we were appealing for him at local grammars and we got talking to other parents and heard that there were numerous late entries...I asked and they said that they had not moved into the area recently .... these ds's had scored over 360 and their parents were appealing following testing in late April. The parents appealed in early May and their appeal was heard along with the rest of the parents who had appealed on or shortly after March 1st. The gap between our ds and their ds's being tested was 7 months...whilst I know someone will undoubtably say that these are age standardized tests so there is no advantage but all late sitters will have the advantage of completing most of the year 6 curriculum by the time they get to April. I know that you can never be certain but for our ds another 7 months would have been a great benefit.
Yes I agree with Daogroupie, Tigger2 (hello by the way, hope you are OK?) this is outrageous that this can go on. It's completely unfair and unethical. I would have been fuming if I had found out that this sort of underhand thing happens when my DS narrowly missed the pass mark 3 years ago. Do you know what the criteria is for a late test in April? Can anyone just ask to take it in April or does it have to go through a HT? Could I, for example have decided not to let my DS sit it in September but wait for him to have had 6 months+ of year 6 teaching and then just contact KCC and ask for him to sit it in April? I am sure not many people know that this sort of thing goes on. It makes me sooo cross!