- bad day in exam as he did extremely really well in Bucks exam http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b50
- really wants that school as he excels in maths and science and this is area of their specialism. Other than music what else id LG's area of sepecialism. He loved it when he went to open evening.
Specialisms no longer exist, so I would avoid using the word.
However, see:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... school#c34
-Have some weak extenuating circumstances so have submitted to private box for comment.
We can only answer specific questions if you ask them on the forum. (How else are we to know whether too much private information is being revealed?)
I will make the general observation that weak extenuating circumstances shouldn't be part of your written case:
If your extenuating circumstances are not too strong (in the sense that there isn’t any convincing evidence to show that your child was affected) -
….. in this situation the best approach is to appear reluctant to ‘offer excuses’, to let the panel drag the information out of you bit by bit, if the opportunity arises, rather than to build it up as a major issue. Understate the point, or you risk diluting your case as a whole.
For example, if there was a minor disturbance during the test, but no evidence in the invigilator’s report, I suggest it’s best to say little or nothing about this in your written submission or in your presentation. Someone is almost certain to ask during the Question & Answer session whether anything might have affected the 11+ result, at which point you can provide a brief explanation, adding: “I wasn’t sure how much this could be taken into account as there doesn’t seem to be any hard evidence ….. I do understand that some distractions in an exam room full of 10 year olds is inevitable …..”
There might be a lot of sympathy on the panel for this sort of reasonable approach. The mistake most people make with extenuating circumstances is to overplay them – much better to underplay them!
Suggest you review the circumstances:
• Draw up a list, putting them in what you think might be their order of strength.
• Ask yourself what evidence you have to support each argument.
• Bear in mind that, where there are ongoing
circumstances, one would normally expect school work to have been affected.
Then start pruning!
Also submitted copy of head teachers letter for comment.
It's well-intentioned, but I think it would have been better without 'hardworking', 'sport', 'prefect', etc.
It's not meant to be a character reference. Personal qualities would be useful for any
school - they're not a requirement for grammar school!
• If the head is supporting your academic case (that the score should have been higher), then the focus should be on academic ability.
• If the head is supporting your reasons for wanting a place, why doesn't he say "..... excels in maths and science
" and link this with the grammar school's strengths? (This argument would be much more effective coming from him than from you!)
See:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b41http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b48