â€˜I think that the HT recommendation is what the panel look at most intentlyâ€™
We completely agree with this sentiment, as I think you know
And actually thatâ€™s the biggest flaw in the system. With no objectivity or standardisation of HTâ€™s recommendations, appeals are being determined by the subjective views of different HTs and if youâ€™ve got one whoâ€™s anti selective education and who wonâ€™t put in writing things they have admitted in private, youâ€™re scuppered.
Perhaps test scores should be the sole determinant, so you let in all the 120s, then the 119s etc until the places are filled and appeals should be reserved only for an exceptional circumstance (such as family break-up).
Incidentally, this approach would not have helped DD so Iâ€™m trying to be objective here, but at present we do not have a level playing field and clearly that is unsatisfactory.
Buckscat, Iâ€™m sorry, you sound particularly unlucky with your evidence, did your letter give any details, or was it just â€˜insufficient academic evidenceâ€™?