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 Post subject: CAF Strategy
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:59 am 
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My DS preference is to go to the local Grammar school (RGS) where his brother is already there. He attended 12 month 11 plus intensive tuition course prior to his 11 plus test this year. During this period he was regularly assessed and based on that I think he got a very good chance to pass the test. We live in the catchment area of two Bucks grammar schools (RGS & JHGS). It makes sense to put these on the top of the CAF list with the one he prefers (RGS) being the first. this leaves 4 slots on the CAF. We visited few non-grammar comprehensive schools in our area and we have a good idea which ones we prefer if my DS don't pass the test. However, I also thought of putting more bucks grammar schools on the list that take from outside catchment (William Borlases's & Burnham) in case RGS & JHGS are oversbscribed. This will leave two slots on tha CAF in which we will fill with two comprehensives that we prefer.

Is this a good strategy?

If he passes the test he have 4 chances. If he does not then he has only two!

Is it better to put two grammars and 4 comprehensives? so that if he does not pass he has 4 chances?

Is anybody thinking on the same lines? Any advice/feedback is mostly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: CAF Strategy
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:36 am 
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lubib wrote:
My DS preference is to go to the local Grammar school (RGS) where his brother is already there.

As you live in catchment, and assuming that his brother will still be on the school's roll in September 2013, your younger son will get top priority for a place if he qualifies with a score of 121 or more. He will be in the queue ahead of pretty much everyone else who qualifies, other than siblings who live closer to the school, and there won't 172 of those.

The Admissions Policy for RGS is here: http://www.rgshw.com/library/client/doc ... y_2013.pdf

There is no need for you to name any other grammar schools on your CAF, let alone 3 of them! Please ensure that you tick the sibling box when making your application though.


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