Hi, thank you for your reply
I don't really know what we can do about proving her academic ability, other than telling them her predicted SATS results and showing them the levels that she's working at, as the appeals panel is an independant one and they strongly suggest that you don't submit any of your child's work as they'll have nothing to compare it to
Here are the two letters of support we've included as evidence, along with a covering letter written by me. We've included her school reports from 2008 and 2009.
Would the proof of academic ability be covered by the following evidence do you think?
(our covering letter takes up 1.5 A4 pages, and the two supporting latters each take up around 3/4 of an A4 page).
We are writing this letter to try and explain the reasons why we feel that ***** should be awarded a place at Highsted Grammar School in September 2010. As her parents we would obviously like ***** to be in a school which will push her to achieve her full potential. We believe that Highsted Grammar School is the right School for *****, and that she would benefit in so many ways from being a part of their community, alongside giving a lot back to the School itself.
Since she joined Eastchurch Primary School three years ago, we have seen her excel herself, and the schoolâ€™s expectations, and go from strength to strength both in her formal education and with regard to a rich variety of extra curricular activities which ***** enjoys participating in.
She has been an enthusiastic member of Eastchurch Schoolâ€™s E-Team for over two and a half years, taking time out of her lunch break every day to help monitor the Schoolâ€™s energy usage. ***** is a valued member of the school and has a wide circle of friends, and is respected by both her peers and teachers alike. ***** is a prefect of Eastchurch School.
***** participates in many extra curricular activities; many are held throughout the School, and some are outside of school. Outlined below are some of the activities that ***** has enjoyed taking part in. This is not an exhaustive list, but an example of some of the clubs/sports that she has been a member of in recent months;
â€¢ JoLi Martial Arts Karate; *****â€™s next grading is a full black belt
â€¢ Horse Riding
â€¢ E-team member
â€¢ Gardening club
â€¢ Swimming lessons
â€¢ Maypole dancing
â€¢ Film club
As you can see by the Levels outlined below, ***** is a very capable student and we feel could do even better at Highsted, given the opportunity. Her Levels are set out below ;
Present Levels That ***** Is Working At -
Reading â€“ 5C
Writing â€“ 5C
Maths â€“ 4A
Science â€“ 4A
Predicted Levels For ***** At The End Of Year Six
Reading â€“ 5C
Writing â€“ 5C
Maths â€“ 5C
Science â€“ 5C
We understand that ***** didnâ€™t pass her 11+, therefore does not automatically qualify for a Grammar School place. However, we hope that you will be able to take into account that on the day of her Verbal Reasoning test, ***** got a bit upset and was very worried that she wasnâ€™t going to pass. She ended up crying and we believe that this contributed to her lower-than-anticipated score on that day. Her Teacher can verify this.
Verbal reasoning is usually her strongest area so both her teachers and ourselves feel that the score below doesnâ€™t show an accurate picture of *****â€™s ability in this area.
Her test results are shown below ;
Verbal Reasoning â€“ 105
Non Verbal Reasoning â€“ 121
Maths â€“ 117
Unfortunately the guidelines for the appeal prevent us from submitting pieces of *****â€™s School work, but we can assure you that it is of a high standard and very well presented.
We enclose *****â€™s School reports for the years 2008 (July) and 2009 (July). We hope you enjoy reading through them.
******* ****** and **** *******
***** *******'s Mother and Father
This letter is in response to the request for information about ***** ******* regarding her appeal for a grammar school placement.
***** is a very able, polite and kind pupil and her behaviour in class is never a problem. She is quiet generally but does get involved in class discussions and will help others around her when she is able to.
Within English, ***** is making superb progress and she is a confident Level 5 in both her reading and writing. With her writing she is always full of individual ideas and writes with her own personalised style which gives her writing conviction and strength. When reading she is able to fully understand the nuances of a text and answers questions with authority. She is a great asset to any Literacy Lessons.
In Numeracy, ***** works within the top set at School. Within this group she occasionally needs extra support but again she is very able and her understanding has improved significantly this year and she is making excellent progress. At the beginning of the year she was working at Level 4C but she is now a confident 4A and she is one of our borderline pupils to get a level 5 in the SATS.
Across all other subject ***** is keen to get involved. She is often one of the first in the class to come to accurate scientific conclusions within Science investigations and is able to transfer her Numeracy and Literacy skills to write detailed reports/results on a topic. Alongside this she is an able artist and musician, working for the most part at Level 4 within these creative subjects.
It is therefore my opinion that ***** would make a superb Grammar School pupil and that she would be able to cope with, and more importantly benefit from, the more intensive lessons that she would need to become accustomed to in a Grammar School.
Year 6 Class Teacher
And the letter from the assistant head -
I am writing this letter to support Mr and Mrs *******'s application that ***** ******* be considered for the opportunity of a Grammar School place.
I have known ***** since she joined our School in 2007. During the three years she has been at Eastchurch School, I have seen ***** develop into a well behaved, thoughtful and intelligent girl with a lovely personality.
Acedemically, ***** is a confident Level 5 in Literacy and although she does not find Numeracy so easy, she has worked hard and is a borderline Level 5 in this.
***** has demonstrated great maturity when working as part of a team. She has been a leading member of our E-Team for more than two and a half years - our E-Team is in charge of an 'energy watch' within our School.
She has represented the school on several occasions, accompanying many visitors, from various organisations, around the School and by talking to both the Press and local Television Presenters about our variety of energy saving initiatives.
***** was one of a very small group chosen to accompany the Eco-flag assessor around the School to support our successful application for the renewal of our status.
In my opinion, ***** is an ideal candidate for a Grammar School, she works hard at everything she does. She would be an asset to any School and I would dearly love to see her allowed the opportunity to fulfil her potential.