It might be good for the Handsworth grammar school for boys... but for the students, that means one exams less to sit; so if they missed some pages on the 'D-day' (or crucial day should I say?) or were a bit poorly or too nervous, they do not have another 'back up' day!!!! Therefore, I find all these regrouping of exams rather sad.
A few years ago, boys used to sit three exams for the grammar schools in Birmingham (so I am not counting the Walsall one which can also be an option if you live on the right side of the town):
- Kings Edwards (so KA, CH and FW)
- BV (who was not yet part of the consortium)
It might be stressful to sit several exams, but it is also 'safer' in case of unexpected circumstances (other example:pupil on the chair next to your DC reduced to tears and therefore deconcentrating your DC during his exam)
This is just my opinion
... Anyway, parents and pupils can do nothing about all these changes which fall outside their scope.
Good luck to all the darlings preparing for the coming year!