End of year 2 SATs - reading 3b, writing 2a - maths 3b.
Year 5 SATs- reading 4a - writing 4b- maths 4a.
Current performance at time of review.
Reading 5c- writing 4b- maths 5c.
The progression looks all right to me, apart from writing.
The doctors actual words- "I suspect the infection he had at this point had a significant bearing on his exam performance."
Basically ds had been unwell early in the week and we took him to see the doctor who prescribed over the counter medication. He seemed to get better and on the day of the exam he felt fine so I allowed him to take the exam. It was only when I picked him up from school that day that I could see he had deteriorated dramatically. He did not go to school the next day and I took him again to doctor who diagnosed an ENT infection and put him on a high dose of antibiotics. This information was written in a letter by the doctor and the school reiterated this in the review form.
Noted - I continue to be concerned that the GP's evidence was dismissed as insignificant.
The school was accurate in its scores it gave on the whole, all the 1:1s got through, all the 1:2s got through and about half the 2:2s were successful.
That sounds good.
I don't know what the NFER scores were - but the comment by the SRP rather begs the question "What NFER scores would they have considered indicative of a grammar school profile (and how would those scores be justified)?"
That could be a question for an appeal!
I guess my main question is do you feel this is worth pushing or should I just let it go and pay fees for the next 5 years!
There's no easy answer. There is the FCO test ('fair, consistent & objective') which might halt any further consideration of your case - but we know of a lot of review cases last year that were found not to have been 'fair, consistent & objective' on appeal.
Assuming an appeal panel were to find the review non-FCO, they might
be prepared to accept that the extenuating circumstances were significant.
You have some good points to make regarding academic evidence, with two issues to be addressed:
(a) Is writing likely to be at level 5 by May?
(b) Depending on what the NFER scores were, might you need some alternative evidence of reasoning ability such as an ed. psych report? (We don't, of course, know what results such a report would come up with, and whether they would be sufficient to convince a panel.)
It might be worth putting in an appeal in March to keep your options open?
(You could just write "details of case to follow".)