Thanks for all of that. ........ I didn't make myself clear. DD sat the preparation test on the day after the rest of the school and hated it so much that DD really didn't want to sit the real thing on her own so DD went in and sat it with her friends but only one day after the preparation tests.
Sorry I misread.
I think the stress of the 48 hours leading up to the exam then descended on her and DD started to cry before the test started . I understand that we don't need to stress the extenuating circumstances but feel they might have contributed to her just missing the mark.
I appreciate that - just concerned about the reference to 'exceptional' circumstances in the review guidelines.
As her parents and siblings have all been to grammar school DD was putting herself under a lot of pressure.
Personally I think that for a borderline score 'sibling pressure' is quite a good argument (for an appeal anyway). It's probably stronger than having had to do the practice in isolation - but still unlikely to be seen as 'exceptional'.
I think DD has a 1:1 recommendation and I will find out what ranking she was in the school.
I wouldn't attach too much weight to a 1:1 unless most of the 1's qualified.
Ironically, if the head is quite strict with his/her recommendations, you could actually be better off with a 2!
DD reading age is more than 2 years ahead and she is on a high achieving writing group run between three local schools for those working above their sat levels. it is likely DD will be sitting a level 6 reading paper or is that assessed at level 6?
Her yr 5 report shows her to be working above national expectations for year group.
"Above expectations" doesn't help much, because the issue is "how far above?".
Ideally one would like to see 5a/5b predictions for either a review or appeal, and there are indications she could be on target, which is encouraging.
I am not sure if the school do any other testing I am seeing the headmistress on Monday am!
It would have helped your case if there were some strong alternative reasoning test scores (I mean something like CATs, not practice papers).
Could you point me in the direction of any statistics reporting the number of successful selection reviews in Bucks last yearviewtopic.php?f=12&t=31963
(if you scroll down, you'll come to the table.)
I've not seen a figure for last year's appeals, but it wouldn't mean very much when most of the strongest cases were (one hopes) taken out at the review stage.
If you scroll down to (f) here:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... aneous#e29
- you can see what the appeal figures were a couple of years ago with the old style 11+.
do I need to move the thread to Bucks rather than general appeals? Not very computer literate I am afraid!
Not at all. We may comment briefly about appeals in Bucks, but for detailed consideration of your case you've done the right thing in starting your own thread here on Appeals!