11+ Scores: 118 & 119
Academic Achievement: Predicted 5s in all SATS subjects. Currently at 5 for reading and writing and high 4 for maths. CAT score of 141 (VR); 110 (Maths) and 105 (NVR).
Excellent reputation at school for being hard working and high ability (especially in English). Both head and class teacher happy to do whatever is necessary to support her case. Head said he would give her 1:1 (I heard about these scores and inquired as to what he would grade her if he was asked to). No rankings or official head recommendation prior to 11+ as waaaaay OOC in a non-selective county.
Extenuating circumstances: How far back am I allowed to go??
Her father and I split 4 years ago due to domestic violence. Picked up and started again with my other daughter in Northampton. I have spent a LOT of time working. Then started my degree and am just about to finish. DD has coped admirably but has definitely not had an easy time of it. During 11+ process, Dad had another baby with his new gf and stopped child support. Lost house, needed to move back in with my parents. DD was very nervous about exam (strange environment and wanted it SO much), may have had a negative impact. Have since found out tutoring is ubiquitous in Bucks, DD was not tutored (silly me, I thought it was meant to be down to natural ability
Not sure how many of these are 'real' extenuating circumstances (if any!) and how many will cause appeals panel to play imaginary violins at me!!
Just as a side note: While looking for a place to rent, I phoned Bucks for advice on moving. Were told about 11+ and 'advised' on procedures for applying for schools. Bucks CC did not inform me or direct me toward literature that explicated the allocation rules for admission to secondary school. We are moving to Bucks so I can begin my PhD in January and I was informed that as long as we moved before then, our details would be updated in time for March allocations. When I did this (via email) I was informed that I was too late. The tenants in our new house cannot move before 15th December which means we can't move into the county until then (Fiddlesticks!!). In the 'offending' email, Bucks decided to quote the never-before-mentioned parent's guide which states a cut-off date of November 14th for moving in order to be counted as in-county in the first round. Not to mention the fact that I was told I should apply for secondary school via our home county and having read the dreaded parent's guide, it turns out you only do that if you are moving AFTER November 14th (again, not informed of this distinction, just told to apply via our Council)
Of course, as her Mother, I am absolutely sure she is GS material. Again, how much f that is motherly bias and how much is reality is questionable, I'm sure. Don't expect or want special treatment but I feel if given the chance, she will prove herself to be a more than worthy candidate. To be honest, I don't think she failed this test as much as I failed her.
Onward and upward though, I shall absolutely fight her corner until every avenue has been exhausted. If nothing else, we may well be the most resilient family in the county!!
My sorry tale of woe haha. Sorry if it's slightly rambling/incoherent, I am in no fit state of mind today