For whatever reason, you may wish to appeal your child’s results for the exam. Your child may not have obtained the results that were expected of them and they might not have made their first choice of school. This happens every year and is sometimes due to certain mitigating circumstances but can also just be the stress of the exam on the day. Sometimes children can qualify for entry into their first choice school, but the school had a limited number of places and is thus oversubscribed.
In order to start your appeal, find the letter that was sent out containing your child’s results. This will contain the information you need regarding how to start the process and who to contact. In the first instance you will usually be communicating with the head teacher of your child’s primary school and discuss your options and the paperwork you will need to fill out.
Within the appeal you will need to include reasons for the appeal and any supporting evidence. You may also have to go to a hearing in which you discuss the reasons for your appeal with a panel.
Of course the outcome of an appeal cannot be guaranteed, but it is an option that is there and helps many who did not achieve the result that they expected.
What happens if my child doesn’t pass?
If your child does not pass the exam as expected, do not despair or feel that all is lost. Firstly if you are interested in the appeals process and feel that this is worth pursuing then have a look at our advice above and consider this option.
However, bear in mind that not every child will pass the exam and there can be any number of reasons for this. This does not mean your child has not performed well or is not good enough. Do not make them feel as though they have failed or disappointed you as this will only serve to discourage them more. Naturally children of this age will find it hard to cope with this type of situation so ensure that you stay supportive and encourage them to hold their heads high and move on.
There are a number of comprehensive schools your child will have the opportunity to thrive at and consider that sometimes another school may be a better fit for their abilities.