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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:07 pm 
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My year 5 daughter has just decided that she DOES want to sit the Kendrick exam in Nov. I am keen to get her preparaton started as soon as possible and so would like to organise her a tutor. Does anyone recommend a good tutor in the Reading? Wokingham area.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:26 pm 
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Hi Paula,

I'm, from your area too. Although I know quite a few children that have sat both Kendrick and Reading tests, I've not looked into external tutoring.
Deciding to go DIY instead, as most people I know, have successfully done it themselves.

Kendrick sit NFER VR and NVR standard tests, Not Multiple choice. These papers can be bought from this site, or from WHSmihs. This site also has many other similar papers, for further practise, not to mention an excellent CD with lots of practise questions. Have you thought about this alternative?


BW


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Hi Bewildered.
Have got lots of stuff to help her and as I am a teaching assistant I do intend to help as much as poss. However I have a few worries. How objective can I be? She is my superbly bright superstar but last year 400 + such girls took the test. Will, being in effect, her tutor affect or mother /daughter relationship?
Not sure we should even be putting ourselves through this as the local Wokingham girls school is so good too.
Any advise gratefully recived.


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If she will sit down and happily go through the practise papers with you, it's actually quite a good bonding experience.

If you search back on Catherine's posts, and her experience you may see a different angle. Also many posters have said it's been a positive experience, but only you know your child best, and what she will cope with. We also have the added bonus of an expert VR tutor on this site (Patricia), who could help with any queries.

In all honesty, if I was in catchment for 'That girls' school, I wouldn't be looking at any other. It offers everything that Kendrick has, with the added bonus of far less pressure. But thats just me :)

Have you been to look at both schools yet?

BW


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I agree about "That school" My son goes to male equivalent and his girlfriend is there. However my daughter has long wanted to go to Kendrick and after much very grown up consideration she has decided to go for it!
I am very much in favour of the comp ( having been to a very good one myself) but I must respect her wishes. Still I believe she is in a win win situation so we are probably less stressed than other families. :D


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Absolutely agree, she is in a win/win situation :D

If she has her heart set on it, of course she must try. She sounds like a lovely sensible young lady.
I can't help directly, but if you follow this link it has details of tutors and a guide, on what to look for. Noticed that there's one in Lower Earley, so not too far!

http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/find_good_tutor.php

Good luck.

:)

BW


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Hi Paula,

We are in a very similar situation (ref my post on another topic). My daughter wants to try for Kendrick but we are in catchment for the large, mixed comprehensive that serves large parts of Earley/Lower Earley. This school is, in my opinion, also excellent - my son is already there and is very happy/doing well. Another attraction for the comp is that it is only 10-15 minutes walk from our house and most of her friends will be going there.

Our dilemma may be that *if* my daughter gets into Kendrick and then decides that she doesn't want to go, we would probably have to appeal for a place at the comp. This would be risky as all places will have been allocated!

We are going to decide nearer the time.... as you and BW agreed, it's pretty much a win-win situation.

Ella


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