Sorry I had to dash before, a little thing called work sometimes gets in the way.
Firstly I have no direct knowledge of Kent or there system, but I’m assuming all appeals work on the same basis as I took all my advice off others in other county’s.
The best person to ask question’s to would be Etienne she can tell you how she would have seen it from her point of view (A panel members view.)
I take it from your post your daughter passed all but one test (Maths), which just happens to be her best subject, which should work in your favour as you will have SAT levels (Predicted) and work to prove this.
I wouldn’t worry to much about your failed head teacher appeal as this has nothing to do with your parental appeal. This is a totally fresh look at your case by an independent panel, nothing to do with the LEA, the head teachers appeal or the school, it’s these people (The independent appeals panel) you have to convince now.
I would personally start a fresh with this appeal (Don‘t dwell on head teachers appeal), gather as much information as you can.
SATs (predicted or working at) Hopefully showing your child to be working at level 5s, I would say your daughter is working at not just level 5 but a “high” level 5 if her score is 5b.
Fresh Letters from the Head teacher and form tutors with lots of reference to a bright child and a high achiever.
Any good NFER standardised papers.
I would also take anything that shows high academic levels such as reading ages, spelling ages, school reports ect. I know your child hasn’t failed in this area and there is a good chance that the panel will not be interested but it’s always best to be prepared for whatever they ask for.
Make notes of good comments in any yearly reports such as “Mary is a bright child”
“Mary is very talented in Maths” you can have these in your notes and make the panel aware of them. I would take them with you just in case they wanted to see them.
Was there Math’s paper on a different day to the other papers?
Was there any other reason why your child didn’t perform on that day?
Any mitigating circumstances?
head teacher appeal failed the remarks being`her written school work did not meet expectations of what grammar school entry should be` how would i stand on the arguement that this was not the issue it was maths that she failed on
As for that comment on an independent appeal, I don’t think they are allowed to make judgements on school work or marking???
They certainly weren’t allowed on our appeal as they told us as much.
It might well be different with head teachers appeal since it is made up with qualified teachers but this isn’t the case now so please don’t worry to much.
Every appeal is different and every panel is different, what one panel might allow to succeed another might not.
I know had my appeal been heard somewhere else in the country by another panel we could well have been telling a different story.
Hopefully your panel will just focus on what your child failed on but I would be prepared to take evidence of ALL academic evidence or as much as you can lay your hands on.
I know it feels very daunting right now, I would keep asking questions (Till your blue in the face, knowledge is key
) and if you want anything don’t hesitate to ask or PM.
Nobody can ask anymore of you, you’re doing what you believe is right for your child, there are many of us who have been in the same boat as you and we are all here for you.
Good luck and if you need anything just ask there is always someone willing to help..
Oh and should you be asked if your child was tutored the answer is “NO” or “Of course not”.