child has just failed eleven plus by one point. he is from out of county so sat the test at the school in question, however became so distressed during the second of the three tests in question that he was removed from the exam room and moved to a separate room. He subsequently was so flustered that he guessed 4 and left 6 or so questions unanswered. This was recorded by the invigilating teacher. Have spoken to his class and head teacher, and both are very very supportive that I appeal but is it enough to say that his test results do not reflect his genuine ability? Many people get nervous as has been explained elsewhere on the appeals q&A.
I think yours is not the usual "nerves case" because, exceptionally, you have evidence of how distressed your son became. Bearing in mind he missed by only one point, and have strong support from the school, it seems to me well worth an appeal.
Bucks CC does not allow the primary schools to coach for 11+, and does not recognise that preparation makes a significant difference to the scores.
Consequently, not being able to prepare for the exam isn't a good extenuating circumstance in Bucks.
- By opposition, Slough Borough council allows some coaching done by the primary schools, and the grammar schools strongly advise to prepare.
Could this mean that the Slough appeal panel approach to extenuating circumstances may be different from Bucks CC approach?
I would be very grateful if Etienne could comment on this.
If the authority's stated policy is to recommend a certain amount of preparation, and a child is denied that opportunity, then in my view "lack of preparation" should and would be one
of the factors taken into account by an appeal panel. The outcome would of course rather depend on all
the circumstances of the case, e.g. how close to the passmark, alternative academic evidence, and any other extenuating circumstances.