Dear W of F
The only reason for mentioning SEN before the test would have been if your child needed any special arrangements. This is what it says in the Bucks secondary schools guide:
you may want to discuss whether any special testing arrangements should be made if your childâ€™s access to the tests could be affected by their disability. .......For example, we can arrange for large-print copies of the test booklets for children with visual difficulties, different-coloured versions for children with dyslexia, enlarged answer sheets or help to fill in the answer sheet, or (in limited and very exceptional circumstances) extra time. ....... This will involve us receiving a professional assessment or other appropriate evidence to support your childâ€™s case. We need to know about this before your child sits the tests so that the application can be considered beforehand. Where we receive such requests we will always look for evidence of how the normal day-to-day delivery of the curriculum is adjusted to meet the childâ€™s particular needs.
If a request should have been made but wasn't, this is something an appeal panel can consider - but again there would need to be "a professional assessment or other appropriate evidence to support your childâ€™s case".
The problem at the moment is we don't know for sure whether your school will support your case until you ask.
You are entitled to a copy of your child's school record under the Data Protection Act.
The average 11+ score is 111, so I agree that your child has done really well. Whether you have a case for an appeal, though, I'm not yet sure, and unfortunately the success rate for appeals with 115 is only around 18%.
If the SENCO says your child no longer has special needs, how would you prove otherwise to an appeal panel? You could pay privately for an educational psychologist's report, but it might cost over Â£500 and might not give the answer you want.
There are two things you need to do:
1. Talk to the current school.
2. Contact your local LA Pupil Support to ask when you can submit a late change of preference for one of their schools. (This won't affect your right to have a selection appeal in Bucks, but is the first step in making sure there's a school place somewhere.) You may not get your change of preference in one of the later allocation rounds, because the school may well be full up by then, but you will then be able to go to appeal for that school. And, if you're unsuccessful at appeal, your local LA will have to find you a school place somewhere.