Appeals

Appeals are now closed. Late appeals cannot be accepted.

For concerns about test scores you were able to submit a Results enquiry via the link included in your outcome email or the Placement outcome information bulletin that was attached to your outcome email. It had to be submitted by 16 July 2021.

Please check the invalid grounds below before submitting an appeal.

Grounds for an appeal

All decisions made by the selection committees and appeals panels are based on the way students are ranked by academic merit for placement in selective high schools. You may appeal against the outcome if you are aware of something specific that happened to prevent your child from getting higher school assessment scores or that prevented you submitting an illness/misadventure request at the time of the test. Appeals will not generally be accepted if they are based on grounds that you submitted or should have submitted, through the illness/misadventure process by 18 March 2021.

An applicant can only appeal based on one of the following:

EITHER Factors which prevented an illness/misadventure request about test performance or attendance being submitted by 18 March 2021.

OR Factors which may have prevented the student from gaining higher school assessment scores.

Appeals that have the greatest chance of being upheld are those where:

  • you know what happened to prevent your child from doing his or her best
  • you have not already told the selection committee about this event and you have good reasons for not doing so
  • you have written evidence to support your case.

All relevant documentary evidence must be included with all appeals at the time they are submitted. Additional material will not be requested by the Team and cannot be considered after the due date.

For entry in 2022, appeals must be submitted using the downloadable appeal form available here while appeals are open (until 30 July 2021).

Residency appeals

Applicants for selective high school placement must satisfy residency requirements. An appeal on the grounds of residency can be made in extenuating circumstances, for example, on receipt of written evidence a permanent residency visa is about to be granted.

Residency appeals are submitted using the residency appeal form available here while appeals are open.

Not valid for an appeal

Appeals will generally not be considered valid on grounds that include, but are not limited to the following.

Matters which have or should have been dealt with as an Illness/misadventure request or results enquiry. If you had extenuating circumstances which prevented you from submitting an Illness/misadventure request or results enquiry you must give details and provide supporting documentation.

Matters which should have been dealt with in an Illness/misadventure request include:

  • difficult family circumstances and bereavements in the period leading up to the test or on the test day
  • illness, injury, anxiety, fatigue or stress at the time of the test or during Year 5 at school.
  • test centre problems such as disruptions during the test or suspected shorter time given for the test
  • anything voluntary and avoidable that stopped the child from sitting the test, doing his or her best in the test or gaining higher school assessment scores, such as participation in entertainment, sporting events, attendance at excursions, camps, or a holiday trip.
  • matters which have or should have been dealt with as a results enquiry include requests for a re-mark of the test.

Other invalid grounds include:

  • concern about recent changes to reporting of test scores or weighting of test components
  • suspected problems with the teacher, for example extended teacher absences, or changes of teacher or school
  • the process used to determine academic merit, such as lack of school assessment scores which can be moderated or consideration of IQ results in the Interstate/overseas process
  • attempts by parents to recalculate the placement score using scaled test scores and raw school assessment scores. (It is not possible to calculate the placement score without access to the school and test scores of all applicants.)
  • lack of familiarity with the placement process, the English language, Australian culture and/or the NSW education system
  • the student’s academic performance on the practice selective high school tests on the Team’s website or other measurements or reports, such as IQ score, NAPLAN results, ICAS testing, school reports or certificates and scholarship or coaching college testing. Note: Unless the principal confirms that an error has been made by the school, the only way an appeals panel can consider school assessment scores to be potentially compromised is where parents can provide documentary evidence that the school has consistently and deliberately undervalued the student’s performance in assessments.
  • academic performance before Year 5 or after December 2020
  • requests for reconsideration of an application on the basis of parent or student expectation or disappointment at not receiving an offer or not being placed on a reserve list.
  • young age of the student, lack of test preparation, educational disadvantage or failure of the student to complete one or more tests and/or the perceived failure of the student to demonstrate his/her potential.
  • perceived advantage the student may gain from placement in a selective high school, including travel convenience, attendance with friends/siblings, benefits to the family.

Requests for re-marking are not considered grounds for appeal. Concerns about scores should be addressed by the Results enquiry process within 5 working days of the outcomes being sent, and not through the appeals process.

Appeals made on invalid grounds will be acknowledged and analysed but will not be passed on to appeals panels. Appeals where any possible adjustment would not make a difference to the placement outcome will not be passed on to the appeals panel.

How to submit an appeal

Before submitting an appeal, please ensure there are valid grounds and documentary evidence.

  • Download the appeals form for either a general appeal or a residency appeal.
  • Complete all sections explaining the grounds for the appeal and attach supporting documentation.
  • Submit the appeal to your child's principal by 30 July 2021.
  • Ask the principal to send the completed form to the Team by 6 August 2021.

You will be notified whether or not your appeal will be forwarded to the appeals panel for consideration.

Appeals panels

Appeals panels meet in September to consider all valid appeals. Appeals panels include the Executive Director or delegate, a selective high school principal, an opportunity class principal, a school community representative and may include local Directors, Educational Leadership. The appeals panel will consult with the primary school principal if necessary.

Even where an appeal is well supported by evidence and is considered valid by appeals panels, an adjustment is not always possible as it depends on the components of the scores. Where the basis of an appeal is accepted by the Team but there is no possibility of adjustment or any possible adjustment would not change the placement outcome, the appeal may not be submitted to the appeals panel.

The outcome of appeals is sent to applicants in October.

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