I'm reviving my thread as we are now able to appeal having received our official rejection.
I'm just collating all our evidence of academic performance at school (which is strong - report (with glowing HT comment at the end), exam results (all in 80% range) and top sets for all subjects set in year 6). He's also just been offered a private school place having coming in the top 'quartile'.
Do I list the ADHD under extenuating circumstances? Should this come after academic ability?
Also, do I then as a final paragraph say why I believe that school is the best one for DS? I'm not sure where I fit this in?
I am hoping to speak to head teacher tomorrow to (hopefully!) get a letter of support.
I would really appreciate getting your thoughts on my draft letter - can I message this to you?
Sutton standardises scores according to age which is why we feel the prematurity should be taken into account.
Generally speaking, I can see a possible argument - if applicable - along the lines "Got off to a slow start in the early years, but look at the accelerated progress made since.
On the other hand, challenging
'the system' (e.g. the way in which standardisation has been done) in my experience tends not to go down well at appeals.http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeal ... ication#b4
..... it’s not a good idea to challenge the system at appeal, or to argue that your child should be given the “benefit of the doubt”. Whatever the system is, that is the system that must be used (apart from reasonable adjustments for special needs). However, at an appeal you have the opportunity to come up with alternative academic evidence to try and prove that the result was not a true reflection of your child’s ability.