Hi Moderators, I have sent background info to the appeals box for this.
Hello everyone else,
Have decided to have a go at an Oversubscription appeal in Berks as the grammar school would suit DS so well. He passed 11+, but not highly enough to be allocated a place. Very few appeals are successful as far as I can see, so I am not overly hopeful.
We have specific reasons why this school, and medical/circumstantial evidence which may have affected his performance on the day. HT has kindly agreed to support our appeal too.
I would like some advice on what to include in our appeal, especially around previous school reports.
My DS has very good Y4 and Y5 reports, with sections I would like to include in our appeal (e.g. excelled in tests, loves the challenge etc) to prove academic abililty. However, both reports refer to his immaturity and tendency to become distracted. I don't deny this, although sometimes he becomes distracted at school because he is bored and has frequently already finished the work and found something more interesting to do. (This was confirmed to me verbally by one of his teachers, but no mention is made in his written report.)
Keeping him challenged is obviously part of the reason why we'd like him to attend a grammar school - we have specific reasons why this one in particular - so I wondered if anyone had advice on the following:
1. As it's an oversubscription appeal not non-qualification, is it worth including Y4 or Y5 reports or should we just stick to predicted end of Y6 results? (5B/5A as was)
2. If I pulled out sections of the reports as evidence of academic potential and strengths, would an appeals panel find it odd that we had not included the whole report? Or would they prefer not to see the whole report, as more to read?
3. If we included the whole reports and drew attention to the fact that we believe our DS is still very 'young' in personality, that this could have been part of the reason he found the actual 11+ exam so overwhelming and a potential factor in why he didn't achieve as highly as his academic ability suggests he should have, could this actually be read as damaging to his appeal? e.g. evidence of short attention span/inability to concentrate. (So as not to drip-feed and as I mentioned previously, there are more compelling circumstantial and medical factors which we think may have played a part in his low score.)
Additionally, my DS is very unhappy about the school he has been allocated as he had a nasty run in with a few pupils from it several years ago. I have proof of the incident in the form of a strongly worded (but reasonably polite!) email I sent to the headmaster at the time. From all the advice on this forum, I know that I am appealing for a school, not against the one my DS has been allocated. However I wondered if anyone had thoughts on whether or not to make mention of this issue in the appeal?
Thanks in advance for your help