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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:19 pm 
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Was it worth the wait?
Yes in some ways yes but I think I preferred the old system although son has done well...
Roll on March 1st cos that will be the 'real' result... :D


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:49 pm 
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I had thought this system would be great, assuming the vast majority of parents could use the result to make a clear guess as to whether their child had made entry to a particular school or not.

However, I'm now realising - and far more so in Warks and Walsall where schools are admitting more pupils than usual this year - that it isn't so clear cut, and a great many children will sit on 'borderline' results.

This means that, where I twice waited from November - March without bring sure, these parents/children essentially have to wait from September - March - two months longer - without being sure.

Knowing that your child may be borderline but being unable to judge this with any certainty, particularly with increased PANs, could make the waiting even more anxious.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:17 pm 
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It might be a longer wait for some but at least the parents are still armed with some information - and enough to know whether they have a chance or not.

Someone in my neighbourhood who had decided since a long time that her son was going to a grammar and she was going to put all grammars in her CAF unfortunately received quite disappointing results - on the day of the exams her son had become a nervous wreck and was physically sick each time :( . Now at least she knows that he would not be anywhere near having a chance and is able to talk about how to prioritise her local comprehensives.

I know I am going to be one of those parents in limbo until march as it is either CH for us or Handsworth with his sibling and he would never a get a clear pass for CHB. I am still in the favour of the new system as I can fill in the CAF realistically without the 'what ifs'. It is not a perfect system but it is much better than the old.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:30 pm 
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New system is better if score is clear cut

Old system was torture on child and parent not knowing for at least four or five months.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:03 am 
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For Warwickshire, then new system favours the "rich". Get the score you need, then move in to area or rent for 6 months and play the system - it is legal.
B'ham does not have catchement so for them the new system is better.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:07 pm 
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Play - are you an estate agent?
I have noticed you post the same comment in a few places.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:37 pm 
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HappyRobot wrote:
Play - are you an estate agent?
I have noticed you post the same comment in a few places.


No, but I know to guarantee a place, move ;)

In fact if you tell the LEA you are thinking of doing so, you may even be given an indication that your child passed early on.
I received a call "have you moved?" Why would they call, unless my child would be offered a place if he has moved!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:31 pm 
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I definitely prefer this new system.
Although we feel we're 'safe' in making the cut I think, even for borders or those who haven't made the cut, it gives you an very good idea on where you stand at an earlier stage. :)


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