New poster to the forum here. First, can I say thank you to all the brilliant posters on this Bucks board, I've lurked for a long time and have learnt so much
Reference the Bucks Schools Pass Rates thread, as the mum of a Year 5 DC in a state primary in AV I'm finding the stats released today plus the state vs independent stats utterly depressing.
This is compounded by the fact that in our school, our pass rate has gone from an average of 30.something% under the old system to 20% last year and now single figures this year
Our HT doesn't seem interested in discussing the issue or making representations to BCC about the state vs independent disparity or the OOC issue. We just get hand-wringing and sad faces
Can anyone tell me - what specific 11+ prep do the independents offer typically? I understand that there are many reasons why 70% pass, not just the extra prep, but I'm trying to make a case to our HT that they need to do something and not just sit back and watch our kids get squeezed out. Do any primaries get round the no 11+ preparation rule by offering quasi-coaching or extra maths/vocab work at lunchtimes or after school? I've heard anecdotally of two schools that do this but haven't seen it mentioned on this board.
Do you think there's any appetite within the GS/BCC to tackle the OOC issue? Is this issue part of what the Local, Equal, Excellent lot are lobbying for?
Appreciating that many of you already have DC who have taken the 11+, if you had a Yr5 DC, would you just accept the system and focus your energies on helping your DC prepare or would you be lobbying to try and pressure change? I just feel a bit defeated before we've really started
My DC is borderline I think - predicted 2 level 5s and a 4a by the end of this year but with an inexperienced class teacher who doesn't inspire any confidence and their own "bull at a gate" attitude, I think they're at high risk of being in the "squeezed middle" pushed out by the OOC inflation of the pass threshold.