Your child has passed the 11+, but has not been offered a grammar school place. Or perhaps your child has narrowly missed the required mark or has not performed as expected in the tests. What can you do?
Unfortunately passing the 11+ does not always guarantee you a place at a grammar school. Some will select by the highest score, others by proximity to the school. Every year a substantial number of grammar ability children will not be offered a grammar school place on National Offer Day. If this has happened to your child you will, understandably, feel both disappointed and, probably, that the system is unfair.
By law, you are entitled to challenge this decision in an appeal. You may appeal if you believe your child is of grammar school ability and the test result was not a fair representation of his/her academic level, or if your child has passed the 11+ but not been offered a grammar school place. You may also appeal to a school named higher up in your priority list when you have been offered another grammar school place.
It is possible to appeal to one or all of the schools named on your secondary school selection form. But how do you go about it and on what grounds can you legitimately appeal?
We can advise you. But we must tell you, at the outset, that unless your case is truly exceptional, there is a less than 50% chance of success. However, we have long experience in advising parents honestly, frankly and expertly.
Our Expert consultants offer a 30 minute Telephone Consultation which will:
Our consultation can also help you to decide whether an appeal is the right route for you, or whether you would like us to help you investigate alternative schools.
We have two specialist appeals advisors – Bernadette John and Sue Baker. Bernadette is a veteran of the grammar system and specialises in guiding parents through the complexities of appeals. You may read about Bernadette here: Who We Are
How much does it cost?
Your thirty minute call will cost £150. You will need to pre-book it by calling 0203 286 6824 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with Grammar Appeal in the subject line.
You can also find out more about the service by contacting us beforehand. It is sensible to have all relevant information and your questions ready before you begin your conversation with Bernadette.
Finally, before opting for a telephone consultation it can be helpful to ensure that your child’s current head teacher will back your claim that your child is of grammar school ability – without this your chances of success at appeal may be very low.
NB We can only offer advice and no guarantee of success at appeal. Success or failure is very hard to predict and varies enormously between schools, and from year to year.
Counties such as Kent or Buckinghamshire are ‘selective authorities’ and most families will have at least one grammar school close to where they live. Elsewhere, for example in Reading or Kingston-on-Thames, there are just one or two grammar schools and competition for places at these is ferocious. How to find a state grammar school Grammar schools are located in 36 English local authorities. Almost half of these are considered 'selective authorities' (eg Kent and Buckinghamshire), where around one in five local children are selected for grammar school entry based on ability. The others are areas such as Barnet or Kingston,…
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