He is a late summer born boy. He has historically been very strong at maths, but has shown a vast improvement and interest in literacy over the past 6 months. He is rated 2:1 by his headteacher who has offered full support. Her words on summary sheet: He has my total and absolute support for a grammar school education. He exhibites all the qualities necessary to indicate that a selective education would be most appropriate for him.
His previous verbal reasoning NFER scores - 2009 - 125, 2010 - 123. He did extremely well in all 3 school familiarisation tests, which maybe gave him false hope!
His sats results in year 5 were - Maths 5c, Writing 4B, Reading 4C. His reading age in the summer was 11y10m (his age was 9y11m at the time) He is predicted level 5s at end of year 6.
He is a very competitive child, who lacks confidence within himself ( this has been noted on the heads summary as they have witnessed at school him making himself ill from putting too much pressure upon himself). After the 1st test he was very critical and dissapointed with his performance, which we feel affected his attitude towards the second test.
Other than his lack of self cofidence, we dont have any extenuating circumstances.
You don't really need to worry much about how to put forward your case. The evidence should speak for itself.
However, what you've written above should do nicely!
You've kept the focus on the important points, you've introduced an extenuating circumstance without overplaying it, and have avoided irrelevant matters.
There are factors outside your control which might possibly affect the decision (e.g. what view the panel take of the headteacher's recommendations as a whole), but I don't think there's any more you can do other than to present your case in this concise, honest, straightforward way.