Applicants can only appeal test marks or school assessment scores if there is evidence to support the appeal. An appeal cannot be made on the same grounds as an illness/misadventure claim.

The time for submitting appeals for entry to Year 7 in 2018 is now closed. Late appeals are not accepted.

Grounds for an appeal

An appeal is different to an illness/misadventure claim or application for special provisions. An applicant can only appeal on one of the following two grounds:

  • factors which may have prevented the student from achieving higher school assessment scores
  • factors which may have prevented the student achieving higher test marks.

Relevant documentary evidence must be submitted with all appeals.

For 2018 entry, submit appeals to the current primary school principal by 24 July 2017. The school should forward the appeal to the high performing students unit by 31 July 2017. Late appeals will not be accepted.

Residency appeals

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

Residency appeals are submitted directly to the high performing students unit using the residency appeal form (available here for three weeks after outcomes are released). Residency appeals do not need to be submitted to the school principal.

Not valid for an appeal

The following are not usually considered grounds for an appeal. Do not submit an appeal for any of the following.

  • the same grounds as those submitted in an illness/misadventure claim
  • issues from the time of the test which should have been address at that time, such as:
    • illness, anxiety, stress at the time of the test
    • test centre problems such as disruptions during the test or suspected shorter time given for tests
    • participation in entertainment, sports, excursions, camps or holidays.
  • suspected misalignment of answers – this should be notified immediately after the test
  • any school related issues such as:
    • extended teacher absence
    • changes of teacher or school
    • academic performance before Year 5 or after December of Year 5.
  • academic performance using other measurements such as NAPLAN, IQ tests, International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) testing, school reports, certificates, scholarship tests and so on
  • process used to determine academic merit, such as lack of school scores, use of IQ test results and so on
  • lack of familiarity with the process, language, culture and/or NSW education system.

Requests for re-marking are not considered grounds for appeal. Multiple-choice tests are computer marked by two separate companies. Any differences in the reports are manually reconciled. The writing test is marked independently by two markers and any differences are reconciled by a supervising marker.

Appeal process

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

  • Download the appeals form or the residency appeal form (both available here for three weeks after outcomes are released).
  • Complete the parents' section explaining the grounds for appeal and attach supporting documentation.
  • Submit the appeal to the student's current primary principal by 24 July 2017.
  • Submit appeals based on residency directly to the Unit by 24 July 2017.

Primary principals will complete the principals' section and send the appeal to the unit by 31 July 2017.

Receipt of appeals will be acknowledged within 21 days. Contact the unit only if you do not receive acknowledgement after this time.

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 Director of Business Systems, a selective high school principal, an opportunity class principal, a school community representative and may include local Directors, Public Schools. The appeals panel will consult with the primary school principal if required.

The outcome of appeals is sent to applicants in October.

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