Going it alone wrote:
I believe that 116 is the lowest score on which you can appeal, so I already feel downhearted.
It's not that 116 is the lowest score on which you can appeal in Bucks. It's just that most of those appeals that do succeed tend to be in the range 116-120.
As a rule of thumb, the further away from 121 you are, the stronger your case needs to be.
Can you demonstrate that the extenuating circumstances affected your son's routine school work? For example, did the summer term report say "There has been an unexpected drop in the standard of work this term ........."?
You then need some solid academic evidence to show that under normal circumstances your son ought to have passed. You will find some suggestions in section B24 here:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11plus ... nswers.php
If the year 5 report was not as good as usual, it would be worth presenting as evidence an earlier report to show how good things were before
the extenuating circumstances.