1. a very dear friend of ours is a teacher at one of the grammar schools that DS has applied but not qualified for. She was a friend first, and then we found out she was a teacher there...just in case anyone is wondering that it sounds a bit creepy
Anyway, would a letter from her stating that she thinks DS is capable for grammar school hold *any* weight at all?
If you're appealing for the school the teacher is at, then this looks like being a breach of the current Code - "Panels must not allow representatives of schools to support individual appeals for places at their school at the hearing itself or by providing letters of support for appellants, because of possible conflicts of interest and the possibility of unfairness to other appellants.
2. a general question about non-qualification appeals - if an appeal is successful does the child get put at the qualifying mark? For example, a successful non-qualification for Bucks would mean the child is put at 121 to be considered for a school place? Or would the panel put them at a mark that they consider to be 'realistic'? confused!
In the case of Bucks, if the panel deem an appellant to be 'qualified', the score doesn't matter because it's not one of the oversubscription criteria for 11+ entry.
In the case of a school where score is
one of the oversubscription criteria, I doubt that a panel would allocate a specific score. They would decide whether the appellant should be deemed qualified (if the minimum score had not already been achieved), and then they would have to decide whether the parents' case for
admission (which might well include academic evidence that the child could reasonably have been expected to achieve the cut-off score) outweighs the admission authority's case against
(How this would fit with an early Slough appeal is beyond my comprehension!