Welcome from me too!
it is still a very difficult decision whether to go for review first.
Most parents go blindly into a review, unaware of all the issues.
The more you know about reviews v. appeals, the more you realise there are no easy answers.
KS1 results were:
We get the impression that review panels in particular like to see steady 'progression', starting with level 3s at KS1.
I don't know how many 1.1's qualified, is that information we can request?
You can try, but some primary heads seem very reluctant to reveal the information (perhaps because it reflects on them!). The point you could make is that, if you were to go to appeal, that information will
be included for you in the case papers, so you will
get to see it anyway!
As a rough guide, I would suggest that if fewer than 70% of so of those with 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 qualified, it might cast doubt on your 1:1.
A 50% success rate (or less) would almost certainly devalue it. There is a price to be paid if heads are seen to be overoptimistic!
The important part of the 1:1 is the first '1' (because grammar school entry should be based on ability).
But when I read your head's comments in section 6, although they're clearly meant to be very nice and supportive, the emphasis seems to be on hard work and motivation (the second part of the 1:1) rather than intellect. I don't think this will go down well with either a review or an appeal panel.
Moreover, "contribution to the school
" has no relevance.
There may not be much you can do about this now, as headteachers are told not to change the summary sheet in response to parental pressure!
If you eventually go for an appeal (with or without a review) you could try asking the head for a update in April, and diplomatically suggest that more of a focus on intellectual ability rather than work ethic might help!
If a pupil is given the highest possible headteacher recommendation, shouldn't the strength of support be greater than a 3 on my scale of 1-6? http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... cation#b41
Review panels will look very closely at the wording used in section 6. The headteachers manual says: "Be aware that your choice of language on the form is important as it will indicate the degree of support you are expressing