Hello once again
Thank you for your replies. You are correct regarding my sons scores. He passed one paper, failed another by just one mark and Maths, the main culprit by 12 marks as said above.
However, as his teacher has said, he is just at the start of year 6 and by the end of year 6 he could have progressed in Maths to the level required for grammar. It is just 12 marks between him and someone who did pass, so perfectly achievable. We won't lose our first choice of non grammar school so we have nothing to lose. Children do tend to mature and improve with age and in boys I believe this is well recognised. So he can only get better. If he was say 20 marks away from passing and had poor results in his other papers, I'd agree with you that clearly it would be better to put all efforts into finding the best non selective school. As this is not the case, and since we have already found the best non selective school, which we won't lose as a result from appealing, I'd have to disagree with you about whether or not I should try.
I haven't seen the Head yet as she's not currently in school but a meeting with the Deputy Head who is also his teacher is positive about his ability and happy to support the appeal. If I believed my son would struggle in a grammar I wouldn't be considering an appeal and if he'd done badly in more than just one subject I'd be giving it more thought but since that's not the case, I'm comfortable with my decision to appeal.
My main concern was whether or not anyone knew of a child winning an appeal with 12 marks short in one subject? Just to give me an idea if it's achievable. Also, still curious to know if anyone has had a breakdown of marks from their primary this year for the Reasoning.
My son wasn't put forward for a Head teachers appeal. We are not aiming for a 'super selective' either. Just a regular East Kent Grammar school.
Hi Shiv, I'd just ignore Jannaj's comment to be honest. You know your dc and it is very easy for someone to come on here who's dc has passed to tell you not to try to do the best for your dc yourself. You do stand a chance the same as anyone else who goes in for an appeal. And if you don't try, you don't know! Just make sure your dc works just as hard this year so you can prove he or she is just as worthy as someone who "got lucky" on the day. I know of plenty of kids who just scrapped a pass, so you aren't far off them, and any child can have a bad day with the HUGE pressure they were under. Good luck and as long as you have a good plan B in a local high school try not to stress too much about it in the meantime.