would this lack of preparation be taken into consideration? Can we appeal that she did not get a fair chance to demonstrate her capability due to the unplanned circumstances?
Officially the only preparation required is the standard familiarisation and practice. Unofficially there is a lot of coaching and DIY locally, but this is unlikely to be a strong argument at appeal (especially where there's a shortfall of 16 points).
We plan to appeal on the basis that she is currently working at 5b in SATS for both Maths and English, predicted 5a at end of the year, is this enough to show evidence of academic ability?
It's good evidence, but we always advise that no one thing on its own is likely to be sufficient. Academic evidence needs to be as wide-ranging as possible.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b11
Is it worth showing her current schools performance against national average to show she is achieving this in a below average school?
It might be worth just a brief mention.
She is an elite football player, signed to a professional academy and FA centre of excellence, is this worth mentioning as evidence of achievement, self-motivation?
I'm afraid not. The focus will be on academic
ability and any extenuating circumstances.
Lastly obviously she also has to deal with the news that she will be moving, so new primary school, not moving with friends to secondary school etc, and the family stress this is causing at the moment, and does this count as extenuating circumstances?
Yes, especially if there is any evidence that she is a sensitive child.
I would be less than honest if I didn't say that you have an uphill struggle, and that the chances of success are likely to be limited.
It would be worth reading all the way through the Q&As (especially sections B & E) to see if you spot anything that may assist.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/