My daughter had a terrible experience in her first paper - describing what must have been a panic attack. After 3 days of tears and way too much stress I took her to our GP, who said it was awful to see such a young child suffering quite so much. As we new she didn't finish this paper, but guessed at least 10 questions, the mark wasn't unexpected.
What was a surprise was that she almost repeated the result in the 2nd paper, despite finishing well within the time and checking some sections.
Given her results we had no intention to appeal, but were contacted by her teacher suggesting we had a chat with the Head. He scored my daughter as a 2/1, already achieving mostly level 5 sats in yr 5, with an excellent attitude to her work. He commented that he has no qualms about fully backing an Appeal, as her academic achievements are very good. She is a great contributor to the school, voted in as House Captain, class representative for the School council along with a string of sporting successes both for and outside the school.
My problem now, is how to approach the Appeal, other than the fact that her HT believe her results are hugely inconsistent with her abilities.
In hindsight, I think we spent much too much time worrying and talking about the 11+ this year, even working on papers through our summer hols! . One of her younger sisters has been diagnosed with progressive and agressive hearing loss this year, and between Sep and Oct much of my attention has gone on her needs. In hindsight I'm sure this contributed to my daughter's stress.
Your advice would be appreciated.