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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:46 pm 
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Hello all,
my DD was sitting 11+ exams with GLT trust (Nonsuch / Wallington GSs) in November 2020 and received a total score of well above 300, however she did not pass the English essay exam minimal requirements with 1 point below the threshold. I have already read the Q&As, really helpful, thanks a lot for you efforts pulling this together.

I would appreciate your opinion on the following :

We are prepping for an appeal based on: 1. Challenging the essay scoring approach as outlined below, 2.Academic Evidence, 3. Extenuating Circumstances.

1. Is anyone able to share their appeal experience with Wallington or Nonsuch GSs?
We live in the catchment area and will be appealing non-qualification only.

2. Does anyone have experience appealing one point under the threshold in essay score with any GS (appreciate we cannot challenge the score itself, only the process), what are the key points to consider?
We already asked for a review of the essay, it expectedly received exactly the same score. We have also learned that only one of the examiners left very limited generic comments/notes related to the essay , the second examiner left no notes whatsoever.
I have emailed detailed information to the Appeal box.

Thanks a lot!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:37 pm 
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Welcome to the forum. I'm sure one of our experts will be able to help you. In the meantime have you read this section. It may answer some of your queries.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:33 pm 
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Welcome!

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I have already read the Q&As, really helpful
Well done. :D

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Does anyone have experience appealing one point under the threshold in essay score ... ?
I can't immediately think of an appeal on here where the the essay was a significant issue in the parental case, or where the marking of the test was successfully challenged.

I understand why you feel dissatisfied, but as you are querying the admission arrangements, look carefully at what the Appeals Code requires in sections 3.2 and 3.5(a):
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3.2 The panel must consider the following matters in relation to each child that is the subject of an appeal:
(a) whether the admission arrangements (including the area’s co-ordinated admission arrangements) complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; and
(b) whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in
the case in question.

3.5 The panel must uphold the appeal at the first stage where:
a) it finds that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied, and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied
[my bold print]


In practice parents appealing for a grammar school place (when the test requirements have not been met) usually look to section 3.13 of the Code:
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3.13 An appeal panel may be asked to consider an appeal where the appellant believes that the child did not perform at their best on the day of the entrance test. In such cases:
a) where a local review process has not been applied, the panel must only uphold the appeal if it is satisfied:
i) that there is evidence to demonstrate that the child is of the required academic standards, for example, school reports giving Year 5/Year 6 SAT results or a letter of support from their current or previous school clearly indicating why the child is considered to be of grammar school ability; and
ii) where applicable, that the appellant’s arguments outweigh the admission authority’s case that admission of additional children would cause prejudice.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:23 pm 
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Thanks, Etienne. Appreciate your comments a lot. I see my situation with the essay is pretty much unique, which is bad and good at the same time.

Guess you are right, querying the admission arrangements might not be the right approach from my side. I have no way to be sure that my DD "would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied…" for a very simple reason - the GLT would never show me the script. I also assume that the GLT would defend fiercely, and picking up a fight with the trust and the school is not what I want.

This might be a reasonable approach for a legal challenge rather than an appeal.

In any case, any comments to my case would be very much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:25 pm 
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I would also appreciate if anyone could share their experience of an appeal with Nonsuch or Wallington Girls.

Also, would be great to read any 11 plus essay marking guidance . A link to the document would be great.


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