Please any advice is most appreciated.
We are thinking of appealing as our daughter has missed out by 3 marks.We believe the main reason is, all the messing around the schools have done In changing the English paper back to NVR.
Is their any point appealing?
Has anyone won appeals from missing from a couple of marks?
We are local to school.
We're in the same boat, son missed Alty Boys by 3 marks but passed Sale by some distance. He is quite happy to be going to Sale, although we fall into the catchment for both
Son's weak area throughout the practice papers was the NVR, he would have done much better on a comprehension paper, indeed on another day he might have got the extra marks as he didn't finish one of the NVR papers
A number of people have asked if we are going to appeal but I don't see that we have any grounds and TBH my son is quite happy, I was disappointed at first, especially given how close he'd got and the fact that we hadn't used a tutor or anything to push him.
If we were to appeal on the grounds of the exam format (which I was quite angry about, not just the timing but the grounds for allowing the appeal) then presumably anyone who didn't hit 334 would have the same grounds for appeal
Given the margin of missing out, we assume that our son's papers and Creative Writing have been reviewed (not sure if anything was requested from school) and that internally AGSB have decided that his efforts do not warrant an upgrade to 334R.
Our son admitted that he hadn't given the Creative paper "his all" and it may not have been reflective of his abilities
I'm a great believer in things happening for a reason, so perhaps it was meant to be that he goes to Sale, where admittedly the rest of his peers have decided to go (including a few who passed Altrincham) and where he was more impressed on the open days in the summer
Perhaps you could argue that Sale's new format exam is the way to go and that the AGSB is still allowing children to be "hot-housed" to get through it without it necessarily indicating their ability to cope once at the school
I don't think we'd be inclined to have another 7-8 months of upheaval, but instead let our son enjoy his final year, knowing what is to come
That's unless someone really thinks we are penalising him by not going down the appeal route