I would have prefered her to put sub levels but I can't force the issue.
I called the admission advice line and they confirmed that all they want to see is level 5.
I'm speechless! Utter nonsense - they obviously haven't spoken to any panel members about it!
Still concered that some panel members may have doubts when they see this.
Don't worry. I think it's probable that, in your case, they will see the optional SATs and conclude that your son is on target for sound level 5s. This is a point you could put to the panel: "Unfortunately our headteacher said you wouldn't want sub-levels for the KS2 predictions, but if you look at my son's year 5 optional SATs, I hope you will agree that he is on target for 5a in maths and somewhere in the range 5b to 5c in English" - assuming, of course, this matches any comments in the evidence.
It's more of a problem where there's not much supporting evidence. In that situation it's helpful for a panel to know what sort of level 5 is expected - a borderline L5 or a sound level L5? - Don't think I ever met a panel member who wouldn't have wanted to know!
Would you advise getting letters of recommendation? A friend at the same school won an appeal last year for her DS on 114 with no extenuating circumstances, she said she had lots of letters from clubs etc that he attended.
She certainly didn't win her appeal because of letters from clubs! They serve no useful purpose.
What about certificates? He has won awards at school etc.
Only if they are about academic achievement