thank you. I added the extenuating circumstances as they were the reasons why he did not perform on the day and thought I needed to give an explanation of why his performance was so impaired. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=24978
Sally-Anne has given you the correct advice.
Have you read the Q&As? We recommend understating extenuating circumstances, not
overstating them. Generally speaking, you shouldn't even need to refer to them - if there's anything really significant, just attach the evidence which should speak for itself.
If you introduce extenuating circumstances stretching back over the past year, it begs the question 'Why is he doing so well at school then
Much better to comment briefly at the hearing "It's been a very difficult year for us
", and see if they want to pursue the matter.
If they don't, then I'm not sure what is to be gained by forcing the information on them!
Apart from an undiagnosed problem, the expectation is likely to be that you would have reported any extenuating circumstances at the time of the 11+.
The appeal this week, in the schools case, they have written his position on the waiting list which is 60th so I feel that this has prejudiced us from the start - any advice on how to deal with this?
Ask why that information has been given, when the Code states: “When hearing appeals, panels must not take account of where the admission authority has placed a child on the waiting list.
”http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c17
Point out that giving out such information - when the Code clearly states that panels cannot consider it - has prejudiced your case.
Sorry to hear that the first appeal seemed so unsatisfactory. If you want to get hold of the clerk's notes, we don't mind having a look at them for you to check whether everything was done correctly.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/ombudsman#d4