Thank you so, so much for your caring and lovely words! I am very touched - the weekend has been hectic and this morning was full of work meetings that seeing my username on the forum has brought a big smile to my face. I was just about to post on the results thread. It is actually great news for us! Despite being almost sick with worry (and totally unable to focus at work) on Friday afternoon, I stuck a big smile on my face as I shakily went to DS' school to pick him up. Bless him, he looked very nervous (and tiny) as he clutched his white envelope. It is quite a miracle we managed to make it home before opening it, with the whole family in the kitchen. DS and DH opened it together and although we all leaned it to look at what it says, my eyesight is quite bad that even before I did I heard them shout "Yessss!". I am not a crying person but I couldn't help it, and held my DS so tight as I knew he had worked so, so hard for it. Needless to say, I think I scared him with my tears and he told me afterwards to never do it again (I couldn't help it!). I was really touched as he told me that he is glad his hard work paid off, and he didn't even rush to tell his friends he qualified as apparently it might upset them if they haven't. While I am obviously super happy for DS, I am also extremely relieved. The last few months have been a roller coaster, as with the other members of this forum I'm sure, and after all the uncertainty (he only ever just about gets 60%+ in practice papers and mocks and also that whole drama of his fall in the playground the morning of the test) he is just excited to go to two open mornings this week to make sure he is making the right choice of school.
I will most certainly continue to 'stalk' this forum - I have a DD who is in Year 2 so there's quite a lot of years left before her turn.
Although I'm not sure how my DS will cope at a GS, I hope my experience will give hope to others who are just about to embark on the whole 11+ journey, mostly because I always thought he would be a borderline one, which for me was quite nerve-wracking. He wasn't in the "top table" in class, only managed 60s in practice tests, is a July born and also encountering an unforeseen little accident (his fall) right before the exam. This just reminds me that kids are resilient, perhaps much more so than us adults. He actually qualified quite comfortably to our surprise
Over the weekend, I found him a couple of times looking at the letter on the fridge as if he himself couldn't believe it.
I am excited to look at the results thread to see how everyone went on - perhaps we can all chat about school choices!