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 Post subject: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:39 am 
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Hi, first time posting but probably not last.
We live in between LGS and BGS and my son will sit the 11+ later this year. I have already been to see both these schools and am impressed with them equally.
My son's favourite subjects are Maths and Science but I am a bit confused as to what I should put down as my 1st and 2nd choice on the CAF.

Overall, LGS has better GCSE and A level results but BGS being a Science specialist school should do more for Science based subjects? Or, does LGS provide equally good Science success?

Any advice will be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:02 pm 
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They are different counties and different 11 plus exams so you may find your DC is better suited to one of the exams than the other so the decision may be taken out of your hands. Other than that I would say go with your gut instinct or whichever is easiest to get to. They are both good schools. My children are at BGS and most are encouraged do triple science I think.


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 Post subject: Re: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:59 pm 
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Thanks scary mum. BGS is really appealing to me because of the fact that they encourage kids to take science (triple science I'm guessing is Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

Does that mean BGS allow kids to take GCSE in all sciences a year early?


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 Post subject: Re: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:52 pm 
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No, they do them at the end of year 11, although they do some modules in years 9&10. They get separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry & physics. I don't know what percentage do this rather than double science but I think it is quite high. Double science is compulsory and then one of their options is to do triple. Double science means they get two GCSEs in science, not separate ones in the 3 subjects.


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 Post subject: Re: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:44 pm 
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Just taken this from BGS brochure and the way I would read it is that the students can take Science, Geography and Maths (in the future) GCSE by the end of year 10 which means they would complete these GCSE's a year early.
Maybe I'm reading it wrong and they actually mean what Scary mum said in which the kids can start taking modules a year early.


All Year 7 students embark on a two year Key Stage 3
curriculum in science and maths, taking their science
(80% taking separate sciences), geography and, in the
future, maths GCSEs by the end of Year 10. The majority
of students have completed at least one AS level by the
end of Year 11.


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 Post subject: Re: BGS or LGS
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:36 am 
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You may be right for the future - my DC is in year 10 and they are not taking science this year, just modules. Geography has been taken early for a few years, but I understand that this has not been offered to this years year 9s, but someone else on here may know for sure. I don't know about maths but it would make sense for the top group to take it early I think they are only streamed for maths. The top 2 groups take both maths and stats I think.


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