It has to be understood that panel members feel under pressure to ask something
! Hence the "filler" questions. General questions about the child are harmless (e.g. extra-curricular activities).
The important questions are about extenuating circumstances or the possibility
of extenuating circumstances, and anything that might be linked with evidence of academic ability. These are the only
questions that should matter when it comes to the decision-making.
Did your son have tuition????
See separate thread
What did you think of the catchment upper/secondary schools in your area when you visited them????
A filler question. To ask parents' views in this way is so irrelevant to a selection appeal that in my view it's an improper question that shouldn't really have been asked.
Why didn't the head supply a letter about a particularly distressed child during the first exam (which formed part of our mitigating circumstances)
Relevant, worth asking - to see what the response is!
How nervous was our son before the first exam, before the second exam, what was his reaction after the exam
Could be checking for extenuating circumstances (was he in such a dreadful state he fainted?), but probably a "filler".
(My son is head boy and represents the school in its anti bullying stance so they asked...)
What does the school do with regard to anti bullying and how does your son support this issue??????
Are any of his friends going to the grammar?
(We moved from another area into Bucks two years ago)
How did he cope with this transition and were there any differences in teaching etc.
Relevant. There might be extenuating circumstances affecting his academic progress.
(A strange one...)
In our speech we spoke about our rankings, 11 ranked which included our son, 7 passed and 2 passed who were not ranked, but none of the three had noticed or could find the relevant page until I pointed it out, that this was the scenario - good or bad - aren't they the experts ????
General extra curriculum questions about what he does outside of school.