others have said it's important to show that she is "well-rounded" with lots of other interests (and therefore potentially lots to offer the school).
Where do they get their information from, I wonder? - I heard many appeals, but never came across a single panel that allowed a selection appeal on this basis!
Have a look at the county's own guidance on selection appeals - I doubt that interests are listed among the criteria! http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/assets/conten ... t_2012.pdf
It's a very different argument from being 'well-rounded', but it would
be valid to provide evidence of any interests of an academic kind and of such a standard that they indicate high ability. See the very end of the last paragraph but one in B37: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b37
It's just possible that a panel member will ask about general interests, in which case it's fine to respond. Usually, though, they're just making polite conversation!
I've also been advised to mention that we did not have her formally tutored in order to show that her scores reflect her genuine ability. However, I suppose they have no way of proving that what I say is true in any case.
It's a mistake to say "My child was tutored" because the unspoken reaction is "but still didn't qualify?"
On the other hand, if you say "My child wasn't
tutored," it will carry no weight because you cannot prove a negative.
She is very young for the year (August birthday)
This would actually be well worth a mention if there is any evidence
of recent rapid progress. It's not a good tactic to query or challenge the system, but a panel might be quite receptive to an argument about maturity, and "It's a pity the 11+ didn't come a little later!"