.... but the extenuating circumstances are usually viewed in relation to why the child underperformed in the 11+, not in relation to the HTRs. The question the panel would like to understand is "If the child is as bright as the school (or you) say, why didn't he/she score at least 121? - If their two 11+ scores were 120, there really isn't much to explain in terms of extenuating circumstances. If their best score was 108, there's an awful lot of explaining to do!
I got the impression from my discussion with HT, that her academic 2 prediction, was very much bound with an expectation for her to nudge the early to mid 120's.
The headteacher has clearly not shaken off the old system. I don't believe it's how the average appeal panel is going to look at it.
it is the child who is deemed a 1 that will be favoured over a child that is graded a 2 .....
..... but the headteacher recommendation (which may or may not carry weight) is just one bit of the academic evidence.
It seems to me that the whole reason that the appeal committee have such a great deal of leeway, and no hard and fast rules as to what to accept, is because of the variability of every single factor
Precisely! (If anyone is seeking a rigid system, it's called the 11+.