Like the majority of people posting I am hugely worried and looking for reassurance as well as any practical advice that can be given.
Not sure we can offer much in the way of reassurance - this is proving to be a difficult process for just about every parent.
I can offer some dispassionate comments about possible strengths and weaknesses in your case if you want them. (If not - read no further!!!)
Most of my comments relate to how I think an appeal panel might view the evidence. No one has much idea of how a review panel will work in practice.
My daughter got 113 and then 119 just missing the pass by 2. Her predicted SAT's scores are 5A's in all areas of English and maths, in early October she was a 5c in writing and 5b in reading, 4a in Maths.
Good to see a borderline score of 119. 5a for English looks excellent. If maths was 4a in October, 'normal progression' would suggest to a panel a 5b at KS2 - but it depends what evidence the head introduces to back up a 5a. (5b would still be very good for appeal purposes.)
Her headteacher is giving her a 2 for academic and 1 for attitude and is very supportive, expressing his surprise that she did not achieve a comfortable margin in her score.
A 2:1 ought to be fine for an appeal, depending on how the headteacher's overall recommendations are perceived.
The afternoon of her second test she said she was feeling ill, having complained of sore throats and headaches in the from the first test through to the second test, but she was adamant that she was well enough to do the tests. We took her to the Dr the following morning who confirmed that she had been unwell but was clearly coming out of it then and did not need to give her any medication - we have asked if they are happy to confirm that she had been ill over that period.
In addition, I have been working incredibly long hours on a very stressful financial restructuring project, trying to ensure that 6000 people did not loose their jobs, this came to a conclusion within a couple of days of the last test, so our daughter also had to cope with me not being around very much and when I was work came home with me, bringing a stress level to the home not seen before and impacting our family hugely over the past few months, holidays without me, weekends working, work coming home with me. We made the school aware of this at the beginning of the project but did not raise it immediately before the tests - the CEO has offered to write explaining the importance of the work but more importantly the impact it had - should we include this in the review information and will it help give them an understanding that due to two factors she did not achieve the expected result.
With a score of 119 I suspect most appeal panels wouldn't be too fussed about extenuating circumstances. For an appeal my normal advice would be "Unless asked by the panel, don't even mention circumstances if they're not exactly compelling". (I note, though, that you're likely to have written evidence.)
Everything, of course, must be in writing for a review, and the review panel is said normally to require 'exceptional circumstances'. Like anotherdad, I have reservations - not least because of: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e22Practical advice, whether for a review or an appeal
Attach letters from GP and CEO, but do nothing else apart from writing "Please see attached letters, appendix ......)
Understate the extenuating circumstances, don't overplay them.
We expect to include her school reports showing good movement through years 4 and 5, the school does not do any CAT assessments.
I would have liked to see some alternative evidence of high level reasoning ability (as that is what the 11+ is based on).Practical advice
For an appeal, consider the possibility of an EP report.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... ication#b3
For a review there's not enough time.
We also intend to include her grade 2 music certificate and report.
Panels routinely see grade 1 and 2 certificates, so it's the higher grades that are likely to impress (not least because of their theory content).Practical advice
It may not be worth including.
For an appeal, take it with you to the hearing in case a panel member actually asks "And what does your daughter do in her spare time?" (Again, an understated approach!)
Firstly under the new system which we are all struggling with, is this likely to be a strong appeal
For an appeal, quite possibly - but it would depend on a number of factors:
• how realistic the headteacher's overall recommendations are perceived to be.
• how exactly the headteacher expresses the strength of the school's support: http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b41
• whether the school reports show high ability and real academic potential rather than just conscientious effort
For a review, no one can be sure.
and secondly apart from using the letter template previously suggested is there anything else we should be doing or including?
Nothing really to add, if you've followed all the advice here:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e32