That's what I expected Hermanmunster, and thanks. However, the tests are "advertised" as being used to show whether a child is "of selective ability" and not whether the child is best suited for that particular school - i.e. not to pick the best mathematicians or English writers etc.
I can understand a highly competitive grammar disregarding a successful application to an independent school, as it is well known that grammars are frequently harder to gain entry to than many of the most competitive independents. However, when the schools in question have very similar numbers of applicants and indeed the cohorts sitting both exams are almost identical (which is the case for the Sutton grammar schools) then I would have thought that "passing" one exam should carry some weight.
If anyone has successfully appealed any of the Sutton grammars based on non-qualification, I would be extremely grateful to hear from you - PM would be great. In fact, does anyone know if there has ever been a successful appeal to any of these schools based solely on academic evidence (i.e. not because of circumstances surrounding the test.)
Any help gratefully received