LGO investigator was very sympathetic to timings of school complaints but yes agree although she was treating it as a priority, no firm time line is given.
As you rightly said earlier on, the LGO is quite thorough, which in itself implies that it will take time (if a job is worth doing
I think one of the difficulties is that the LGO rarely knows how easy the investigation into a particular case is going to be.
Factors, such as the speed with which the admission authority responds to requests for information, whether or not the summer holidays interrupt the investigation, etc., can cause delays.
Insight into what reasons are given at appeal was for my curiosity and an understanding of what was deemed serious enough,
I would accept that there's a clear difference between, for example, "father taken into hospital with a heart attack a week or two before the 11+
" and "grandparent died a year ago
" (the latter being surprisingly common at appeals!), but children react in different ways, and some seem remarkably resilient no matter how serious the circumstances. This is why I think the issue should have more to do with evidence of any impact on the child.
appreciate that the mark would have an impact on the outcome but I do remember the appeals clerk advising me that the mark, whether it be 20 or 2 off the pass mark was irrelevant as long as the reasons were compelling enough?
I've no knowledge of your particular panel, but, generally speaking, I would have thought this advice is wrong. Bucks is a useful example because it's the largest totally
selective authority in the country. If you go tohttp://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e29
and scroll down to the table in (f), you can see that - apart from the occasional blip - there is a correlation between the score achieved and the likelihood of a successful appeal. (Bucks provides a good 'sample', because there are over 800 11+ appeals annually. And the same sort of correlation can be seen consistently, year after year.)
In other authorities, all the anecdotal evidence (see Herman's comments further above) seems to be that - as a rule of thumb - the further away from the score required, the harder it becomes to win an appeal.
Onwards and upwards…
- hope it works out for you.