I am slowly coming down to earth here!
As so many of you will know, we have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for the result that my son truly deserves - 11+ near miss, an 11+ Appeal that didn't work out, the worry of the 12+ and the long wait since early April for today's result.
I hope that this will give hope to many others who don't get the result that they were hoping for this coming November in Bucks. I shall still be here as living proof that justice can, finally, be done. If you believe your child is suitable for a GS, keep fighting and never give up.
I'm afraid I'm going to indulge in a bit of an Oscar speech - bear with me!!
There are a great many people who have supported me loyally on this Forum over the last 18 months. Catherine, HP, Chad, hermanmunster, Footymad, Jed, usa, Ambridge, Jess, SPUD, Chins (long time no see, Chins? - hope all's well with your daughter), Scooby and probably quite a few others who no longer post here. Thank you all for your kindness to me and to my son.
Over in that incredibly silly place called Rehab, I have been sustained over the last couple of months by LBSWM, Rosey, Appeal Mum, Worried Mum, Guest55, NorthKentMum, Marie, Lily and Jenny Wren. Thanks girls - I would have gone crazy without you (and I so enjoyed going crazy with you!) - your own Rehab thank you will be winging it's way shortly.
Three people deserve a very special mention indeed. First of all, my fellow Mods:
Patricia, who has sent me countless PMs wishing me luck, commiserating with me, answering questions about the 12+ and keeping me going in dark moments.
Etienne, who was such a tremendous help on our Appeal and ever since. I would have been a nervous wreck without you. I sincerely appreciate your time and invaluable advice.
The most important person of all is Lee. When I started out on the 11+ trail so many years ago, this website didn't exist. I was in the dark about so many aspects of the 11+, and had I known more I am sure that all the agonies of the last couple of years could have been avoided. He has created an amazing resource for all parents here, and the hours of work he has put in to it are immense.
When I rang you Lee to order a few practice materials for the 12+ I genuinely think that you cared more than I did about my son passing the test. My heartfelt thanks - I am more grateful to you than you can ever know.