In addition Grammar schools know how to deal with 'lazy' boys.
Don't they just!!! As the not-so-proud owner of one, I can really verify that!
Nicki, he is a boy, and boys generally will do just what they need to to get by.
A few years ago I sat next to the Head of a very large comp at a wedding reception. We talked about the difference between boys and girls, and he said this:
"Ask a 16 year old girl to write an essay, and she will write 5 pages. A boy will write 2, if you're lucky. The factual content of each will be just as good, but the boys condense it down to essentials, whilst the girls will elaborate. When it comes to an exam, the boys use that technique to their advantage - they are more focussed and their results are invariably much, much better in exams than in coursework."
A very wise man!
Age standardisation is only truly understood by about 3 people in the whole wide world, and Guest55 is one of them.
Essentially, if a September birthday needs 69/80 to achieve the 121 pass mark (which we know has been the case in the past, although it can change), a late August birthday needs a lower score. I wouldn't like to guess, but 66/80 or 67/80 should be safe.
The tutor shouldn't really be talking about "126", just the raw score out of 80.
I agree with Patricia - take it easy at this stage if you can. It is a long way until the 2009 test, and burn-out can be a real problem.