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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:08 pm 
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Hi All,

We are in High Wycombe Bucks.

Can we apply for Herschel Grammar School?

As I am confused by

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10 The ‘area’ for Herschel is defined with a parental or legal guardian address in the following districts: Slough; Burnham; Farnham Common; Farnham Royal; Windsor; Iver; Iver Heath; Datchet; Colnbrook.



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Sonia


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:14 pm 
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Which bit of that is confusing?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:25 pm 
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They have mentioned the catchment areas and Bucks is not included.

Want to clarify , the sudents from Bucks are eligible to apply in Herschel Grammar.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:37 pm 
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Burnham, Farnham Common, Iver etc are in Bucks but are very close to Slough so presumably are in catchment?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:04 am 
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Can I ask why you would want to put Herschel if you are in High Wycombe?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:14 am 
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Just to give DD a second option.

If she is unable to score 121 or more she will not be eligible for any bucks county grammar school.

Drummer what you recommend/suggest us?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:08 am 
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Sonia - we did this also for a second option - though DD went on to pass the Bucks and not pass the Berks (too little practice on NVR I think! We took the foot off the pedal after the Bucks - and had really done very little on NVR as not needed in Bucks).

Herschel take the top so many on score alone - and then fills up with local kids who have passed - for which youhave to be very close - we are in Burnham / Taplow - and friends from round the corner who did pass but not with a high score were too far away to get a place (and we are about 1.5miles I would guess - possibly less).

In retrospect it was really not worth the stress an OOA application to the Slough system caused - extra exams, extra pressure etc - however you have to make your own choices. I am really not sure how you would get a child from High Wycombe to Herschel though - we looked at the opposite journey (and there are buses from Maidenhead to Wycombe High) and decided it was a trip too far!! With a DD now in Y8 at BHS I would certainly recommend not making the journey too long - they do get a lot of homework - and also its nice to have friends not too far away - especially as they get older!

All the best in whatever you decide. If you are interested in Herschel you must go and visit - whilst we liked it, it is very different to most of the Bucks Grammar schools.

Booklady


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:39 am 
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Hi Sonia, sorry, it didn't occur to me that you would be thinking of a '2nd option' from that distance. Are your upper school options very poor??


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