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 Post subject: Spaces in year 7 at RGS
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:23 pm 
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News from RGS Head. A number of year 7 students who live a long way from RGS have already left the school this term to attend schools near their homes. Vacancies therefore for in year transfer tests this year. Hopefully this will encourage future parents to really consider the stresses of a long journey on young children.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:45 pm 
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Such a shame when you think of the local children who didn't get places. I'm sure its the same at all the grammars. It's also not fair on those children having to change school so quickly. Why, oh why don't people consider the journey BEFORE they take the test & apply. But, no, this year will be exactly the same come March when families from Wembley, Harrow, Ruislip etc ask for help in finding transport to High Wycombe or Burnham because they haven't visited the school or considered the journey, its just "grammar school or bust".
Sorry, rant over :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:49 pm 
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The Head's newsletter asked current parents to spread the word to "local families in the area, who may have narrowly missed the qualifying score and who performed well in their key stage two tests". Word spread. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:54 pm 
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My understanding is you can usually only do an in year transfer test if you didn't sit the original 11+ (unless RGS are implementing a different policy now)

This does however give local people a hope for space if they take the 12+ and pass.

Our experience last year was that very few local pupils turned up for the 12+.

Will certainly pass on the info to the families I know that narrowly missed.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:18 pm 
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just went to my kid's yr 7 social at john hampden and there were literally 3 people from wycombe, everyone else was ooc.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:27 pm 
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Blueberry, the tests are managed by RGS themselves and take place in November for January entrance. Interested people should contact the admissions officer.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:34 pm 
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MamaBear wrote:
just went to my kid's yr 7 social at john hampden and there were literally 3 people from wycombe, everyone else was ooc.


Interesting, which areas are ooc?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:41 pm 
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MamaBear wrote:
just went to my kid's yr 7 social at john hampden and there were literally 3 people from wycombe, everyone else was ooc.

I think that alone suggests that spreading the word about the upcoming tests at RGS is worthwhile.

I can't find any of the exact wording that I'm hunting for, but an 11+ qualification used to expire 12 months from the date of testing, and therefore a non-qualification must do the same.

There was a rider somewhere to the effect that a child couldn't be tested again for the same school year, but I can't recall the detail. I'm not even sure that it is specified anywhere these days because the conversion to academies has moved the goalposts so much.

Anyway, RGS has gone this route before, and if it means that a couple of local kids get a second bite of the cherry and are able to meet the qualifying standard, I don't think that anyone would consider it to be unreasonable.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:48 pm 
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Newbie121 wrote:
Interesting, which areas are ooc?

A large area of Berks is OOC but also catchment for JHG - see the catchment area map here:
http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/media/2504383 ... t_2015.pdf

However, as JHG has a high population density surrounding the school, one would expect there to be a significant percentage of pupils from the immediate area on the roll.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:16 pm 
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Thank you Sally-Anne.


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