Didn’t pass the 11+? It’s not too late to appeal. This page is to provide guidance to those parents and carers who think their son has the appropriate ability level to succeed at Boston Grammar School.
Non-Qualification AppealsYou will need to present enough evidence to the appeals panel to show that your child has the ability to benefit from a Grammar School education despite the fact that they did not reach the qualifying score. This will consist of evidence of high academic ability and may also include evidence about mitigating circumstances which explain why your child did not perform to the best of their ability in the tests.
Academic EvidenceThe most ready source of information about your child’s ability is likely to be his current primary school. You will need to ask whether the school will feel able to support your appeal and what evidence they will be able to produce to substantiate this support. You may wish to ask the head teacher or class teacher to comment on: ability in the core subjects, English, Mathematics and Science including the predicted KS2 SATS level and current Teacher Assessment Level; qualities of perseverance, application and ability to work independently; attendance, health, etc, which may have adversely affected the child’s overall performance in the tests; whether they are aware of anything on the day of either test which would have adversely affected the child’s performance in the test; whether they think that the child’s score in the 11+ tests accurately reflects his ability and if not what score they would have expected the child to achieve and why. Some of the Foundation Grammar Schools may send a form for the primary school to complete covering the above areas. Otherwise it will be entirely up to you to seek the appropriate information from your child’s primary school head teacher to submit to the appeals panel. The more evidence you have of very high ability the better.
Academic evidence could include
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Evidence about Mitigating CircumstancesYou will need to think about whether any extenuating circumstances are sufficient to explain the shortfall in marks. It is important, if possible, to include documentary evidence from an appropriate person outside the family who can substantiate the way in which your child is/was affected, e.g. you may say “Jane was worried about my health when he took the 11+”; if Jane’s teacher can write something like “Jane was clearly anxious and distracted when his mother was undergoing tests at the hospital and his schoolwork suffered. I am sure that his performance in the 11+ tests was affected”, then your evidence will be corroborated and strengthened.
Some Frequently Asked Questions about Non-Qualification Appeals
My child’s head teacher is anti-Grammar Schools. What can I do if he won’t support my appeal?
My child narrowly missed the qualification score. I have since discovered that a lot of children were tutored for the 11+. Can I say that my child was not tutored?
My child has dyslexia. He usually gets extra time to do tests at school but he did not in the 11+ and we think this is why he didn’t pass. What should we do? My child has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He has difficulties in coping with new and unfamiliar situations. If he had taken the tests in his own school we think he would have been fine but he got so anxious taking the tests at the Grammar School he had to leave before he finished the papers. What can I do?
My child had been in England for less than two years when he took the tests. He did well in the non-verbal reasoning test but not so well in the verbal reasoning test because he is still learning English. What can we do?
Some Frequently Asked Questions about Non-Qualification and Oversubscription Appeals
Will I know whether the appeal panel has accepted that my child is suitable for a Grammar School education before I have to present my reasons for wanting this particular school?
Some Frequently Asked Questions about Oversubscription Appeals for Grammar SchoolsThere are a lot of people appealing for this school. There was a hearing at night and the appeal panel said they agreed that the school was full and that “prejudice” would be caused to the education of pupils in the school if they take any more pupils. Does this mean there is no point going ahead with my individual appeal?
No. The panel will still go on to consider each individual appeal and weigh up any “prejudice” or harm to the education or safety of the pupils in the school against the difficulties it will cause for your child if they do not get a place at the school.