I know the feeling of not getting a place. It was a very bleak day for us two years ago. DD got the double whammy of a low score (179) and not getting a place at any of the schools (results were issued in March back then).
....but DD is doing well now and actually learnt a huge amount about exam pressure, working hard and if anything it spurred her on to well at Secondary School to the point that where I was told that the school would like her to plan to do a number of GSCEs "considerably earlier than normal".
I hope this helps - please PM me if I can help with any more information.
1.Keep in touch with the forum. There are a number of really helpful people here. Even if is to find out more about the prospective school please just post a question and one of us will help.
2. It seems that if your child is fairly high up the waiting list theres still a good chance they could get in.From what I can tell in some cases, children up to 25th on the waiting list were eventually made offers last year.
3.The Grammar schools all seem to have more relaxed criteria for admission into their respective 6th forms. One would have thought that A-levels grades carry more weight for admission into University, so not a bad place to do them!. Broadly, you would need A grades at GSCE in the subjects DC would wish to study at A-Level, plus good results in English and Maths. Most of them seem to take a significant number of new children into the 6th form.(interestingly some choose to leave at this point as well so it shows not every child is suited to a GS).Best to visit the school websites for 6th form entry criteria, as I may be wrong but I do know of a number of children joining lthe grammar schools at 6th form from their local comp.
4.KES [and KEHS?] admit a significant number at 13+ and combining this with the increase in Assisted places (AP) publicised may avail an increase number of AP places at 13+.
5. Some scholarships are still available. As posted elsewhere, Priory School for example has at the time of writing, a number still up for grabs. They also offer Assisted Places at that school.
6. It always pleases me to see how many many children from non-selective schools go on to “Elite” or “Selective” universities. There is a very useful table that the Financial Times publishes each year which shows this and the link to BBC website version is shown here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14069516
Amazing to think some kids work so hard and end up at the top universities having not been to a grammar or independent and long may it stay that way.Surely these kids have what it takes to do well in life!
6. The new University of Birmingham School (plans to be opened next year) has a four areas called “nodes” that it will admit from.
However they estimate that initially the net will have to be cast quite wide as they would need to find 75 children in Year 5 now near the School and a lot more for the sixth form who will all need to apply this October. By appointing Mr Roden from Camp Hill boys this is clearly a statement of intent and the premises plans look very impressive.
The link to their website is shown here:http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/ ... index.aspx
I know this is no good for this year but if you have a younger child it might be worth considering.
7. It is possible to gain a place at a good independent school like EHS in Year 8 onwards as well. Some girls have joined just time to start their GCSEs there. I also did not know that a number of the independent schools have AP and scholarships for entry into their sixth forms.