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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:56 am 
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Morning all

I hope someone out there will have the knowledge to help me! After a failed 11+ :( and a failed 11+ appeal :cry: we are now applying to take the DCGS tests in English + Maths for entry into Year 8 :shock: .

Does anyone know how many places there are likely to be in Year 8? I know it's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string - but historically, any ideas??

Thank you for any help :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:05 am 
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I am afraid the brutal but honest answer is one or none. Despite that, there is a huge bun fight at the test each year.

You would do better to apply to Chesham Grammar School for their late transfer test.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:15 am 
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Thanks for the brutal truth! Forgive my ignorance then, if they have no places, why do they let the boys sit the exams? :?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:48 am 
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The schools mostly fill up at Year 7. Entry into Year 8 will depend on how many places will be vacated by students leaving during the year/ giving notice to leave.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:05 am 
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lassielou wrote:
Thanks for the brutal truth! Forgive my ignorance then, if they have no places, why do they let the boys sit the exams? :?
1. I assume they are mindful that there is a legal right to apply each year.
2. They cannot know for sure how many places, if any, will be available.
3. Even if there should be no places, there is a right of appeal.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:44 pm 
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Hi Lassielou

Previous posters are absolutely right to say that few places arise in Yr 8 at DCGS - but, just for the record, there were at least 3 last year, which was probably unusual.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:14 pm 
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Thank you for that glimmer of hope!! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:16 pm 
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Seriously if you want a GS place go for Chesham Grammar or somewhere with a good number of places.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:02 pm 
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There were 2 I believe in my son's year (he's now Y12), caused by one boy leaving for a private school and another getting a music scholarship elsewhere.

But the chances are very, very slim. It helps if you play at least county level cricket and/or hockey :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:38 pm 
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I know of a friend who was successful in gaining a place at DCGS for her son at the 12plus. The test was in English and Maths and the boys were ranked according to their aggregate score.There were no previous papers given out for practice and the advice they were given was that the tests would be on key stage 3 work they should have covered and no extra work was necessary,quite refreshing I thought!. I assume the comment regarding cricket was meant tongue in cheek! the places are ranked on score. I would suggest sitting both the VR for Chesham Grammar and the English and Maths test for DCGS. The child needs to have level 5 SATS before being allowed to sit though.Nothing ventured nothing gained.


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