He said that she has always achieved a high academic standard and he feels that she should be going to a grammar school and would do well at one. Also, he has said he would be happy to sit down with us to write a statement for the parents' appeals process. .
It is good you have such support from the head.
1. We would like to get an idea of what kind of information we need in order to make a successful appeal.
What were her scores in the kent test? You need to prove she is of grammar ability partcularly if there is one area she failed. This means providing the panel with her school work and any good CATS or NFER school tests (if her school does them)
2. When we do the appeal can we still make a reference to the fact that the head teacher has lodged an appeal on her behalf.
I would think that you could use the statement he intends to write supporting your dd;s application to grammar. Also i would think you would get a copy of this original HT appeal if it is to be submitted to the panel.
3. We are confused about why the head teacher's appeal was unsuccessful. Her school reports were always outstanding and she was selected for the gifted children's after school maths club, a parents' maths workshop and visits to the grammar school.
That is something that would be interesting to know. I believe they give an indication of why it has not been sucessful. Maybe the work given in with the appeal was not of a high enough standard. Ask the head.
4. She also failed the Bexley test by 4 points. Is it worth appealing to Bexley council and how should we go about this?
I dont think bexley appeals have a very high success rate - pop over to the forum and see or put in "bexley appeal" to the search box.
I expect an expert will be along soon to give better help than i have. If the school you are after is usually over-subscribed then you will also need to cover that in your appeal - why THAT school is best for your child.
Look through the Q and A's at the top of the appeal section and also the sticky
called feedbaack from all areas
- where others who have appealed share their experience.
This site will provide you with ooodles of info. Keep all your qestions to this thread, so your case is in one place. GOOD LUCK