my DS was on of the many that did not get into KES. he has been crying all morning insisting that was the school of his dreams and its all over now....
we are upset about it as DS is at level 5 in all subjects at his present school. he does attend a state school as we are not in a position to be able to afford private.
we were wondering if any one has appealed a place for KES at all i have tried searching the forum however could not find anything. also is it worth appealing? feel so helpless as DS is so upset dont know how to make it better.
Reading your post leaves me ashamed to the bone that I take part in a process that can do that to a child.
But, my emoting isn’t really going to help...
I think you require, and applied to KES for, an assisted place but received no interview/offer?
They would have offered a standard place if they felt your son’s performance in their particular test justified it. There will be a number of boys in just that position – wanting an AP but offered a standard place.
It would be a large leap to go from where you are, to gaining an assisted place. No one could say it’s impossible, no one could expect you to just give up, and of course you’ll fight for your son – but I think it may be as well to also (perhaps even ‘mainly’) help your son understand what wonderful opportunities are still open to him elsewhere. I couldn’t possibly advise you how to do that with your own son, but I can tell you that it’s true
The KES and KEGS tests are very, very different. He may easily have been better favoured by one rather than the other. Who can say on which day he just happened to perform his best? He should never feel that his new school is simply ‘Not KES’. All of the other schools you mention would be a fantastic opportunity for him. Though I have my personal favourite schools and you might see, in this forum, ideas about which school is harder/easier to get in to, I’d never dare rank schools except in the order which I think they’d best suit a particular child.
It is so sad that your son has felt his first taste of defeat at such a time and in such a way.
Children can be
wonderfully, almost shockingly resilient – simply... moving on. I hope and trust that becomes true for your son – soon enough.