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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:56 pm 
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Does anyone know what the exam content for Thomas Telford is? My DS didn't do very well in the AGS/QM exam. We are now trying for Thomas Telford. Any info would be helpful.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Apparently it only comprises of non verbal reasoning? test is over 2 weekends in October, and a tour of school


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:24 pm 
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For the last two years the test has been maths, nvr and vr
HTH


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Are you sure Rupy? Doesn't sound right though


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:35 am 
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Hi

I know, I was surprised as well, I spoke to someone in admissions., she said they only look at nvr????? Also they need a photocopy of y5 report x


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:00 am 
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Hi Rupy
Just to be clear, Thomas Telford puts children into 9 academic bands and distributes their places across those bands to give a wide range of abilities. So your performance in the exam is for banding. And then they allocate evenly between the bands. They don't just select the top ability students. That's why they can base their selection on NVR only - that gives an indication of ability, enough to place a child in an ability section. Sandwell Academy (partnered by Thomas Telford) operates a similar system.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:46 am 
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I've spoken to the school and they've confirmed it's NVR only, which is a surprise.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:53 am 
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Hi rukuriro I've pm'd you


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:08 am 
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Called admissions and the lady said they will be looking at non verbal and not to prepare too much as they will be looking at the childs ability at present.....


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:44 am 
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This is not hearsay, it is the real experience of a close friend whose child sat the TT test three years ago. They were told one thing by Thomas Telford about exam content but it was completely different.

However, given they do bandings, the only guaranteed way in is to be a great footballer or musician.

I got the feeling from Thomas Telford that it was a Stepford school. I was disappointed the headmaster was on TV only and yet he had his staff and students manning the stations during the exam/tour weekends. Plus your child sits exam while you tour. Crazy. They don't get to see school. If you want a feel, go to Walsall Academy open day.

p.s. I have nothing against the school; I am merely pointing out the negatives.

The positives were the top class sporting, art, music facilities.


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