Many thanks for that Etienne, that makes complete sense.
The school in question is now an academy so are their own admission authority I assume. All the information for the appeal is sent to the Clerk to the appeal panel whose address is at the actual school which feels a bit strange in some ways.
I had a few more questions if that's ok.
1. On the appeal form there is a section that says
I agree to waive a 10 day notification of my appeal date if necessary.
The only comment on this in the explanatory notes is
In most cases at least 10 days notice in writing is given to parents before an appeal is heard. This is not always possible and parents completing the appropriate section of the appeal form can wave this notice.
I'm not sure what the implication of this is? It doesn't seem like something you'd actually want to do unless i'm missing the point.
2. I've read a lot of the great tips on the appeal section but I would still appreciate a bit of feedback on some points.Academic evidence
We have a very strong letter from the head teacher that mentions:
I strongly support the appeal, immense potential, should have gained the qualifying score, year 5 sats as level 5 in reading, high level 5 in Maths, high level 4 in writing, therefore at least level 5 in all core subjects in year 6 including potential level 6 in Maths, GL assessment at the end of year 5 as 128 in Verbal Reasoning and 130 in Non Verbal Reasoning, plus successful passes in other GS entrance examsReason for underperformance
Our DC simply underperformed due to putting huge pressure on themself because of a massive fear of failing. DC's ability to work to the time is what suffered as information we have shows clearly that a lot of questions just didn't get answered, very high % of those attempted correct though. Reasons for wanting school
Match of specialism, especially languages and maths, peer group all going plus older sibling at school. Local school.
We were advised that we had to make sure we tried to get across the stress levels
as clearly this is not as clear cut as a mitigating circumstance as things such as illness or family problems but was a massive issue. As a result I think our letter is quite lengthy. How important is brevity in the written submission do you think?
I am reluctant to change everything now but wondered if it was worth adding a summary sheet at the front that puts the case very briefly and indicating in the supporting documentation the more lengthy explanations.
Any other comments you have on what I've put would be really appreciated, I need to send this off as soon as I can but I'm very nervous!!