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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:00 pm 
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DS didn't get first choice school but we have been allocated JHS.

When we looked round the school as Plan B we thought it seemed a very nice school.

This morning I was just very grateful to have got a GS even if it wan't 1st choice. But I have taken a close look now at the GCSE results and to be honest they do not seem great! 1 child out of 150 got A* in English - that doesn't seem right for a GS. When did the 'distance from school' criterion kick in?

I'm now thinking maybe we should be looking at other options eg indepndent schools but I had so wanted DS to go to a GS.

So this is a plea to anyone who's out there who has got past GCSE's at JH - is the school better than it's results seem? Can it cater for very bright boys?

I don't want to offend anyone but DS got 141 at 11 plus and I'm worried JH won't stretch him.

Please help.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:16 pm 
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As a GS teacher I initially judge Y7s by KS2 levels and scores in those tests - they are a better predictor of high achievers than the VRQ score.

Don't judge on one year's results either -


You may well get your first choice later on - accept JHGS provisionally and stay on the waiting list.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:29 pm 
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Unfortunately i think we probably stand zero chance with 1st choice looking at allocations.

But it's a fair point about looking at lots of results...does anyone know where I can get historical results for JH?


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Hi Don'tpanic

JHG is a very good school overall by reputation, and I suggest that you try looking at some of the league tables via the BBC, Times, Telegraph, and also the latest OFSTED reports to evaluate it further.

Unfortunately I don't have time to post links right now, but if anyone could manage that charitable feat, it would be wonderful.

Sally-Anne


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:53 pm 
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Your wish, S-A, is my command!

School website:

www.johnhampdengrammar.bucks.sch.uk

OfSTED report:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk

then select Secondary then south east then Buckinghamshire (sorry the full link doesn't work)


League tables:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/le ... efault.stm

Why don't you ask to go round during the school day?


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Thank you G55 - you are now offically my "Allocations Elf" 2009! :lol:

If you eould like to make an acceptance speech it must be no longer than an Oscar speech. :wink:

S-A


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Thank-you for these. Sally-Anne do you know by chance which was the last year to be accepted on highest VR score - I'm sure the change to distnace from school would have benefitted a school like JH


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It's a long time ago now - my child is in Year 10 and allocation was on distance that year ....


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Don'tpanic wrote:
Thank-you for these. Sally-Anne do you know by chance which was the last year to be accepted on highest VR score - I'm sure the change to distnace from school would have benefitted a school like JH


It was 2004, the year my eldest DD did it.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:50 pm 
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Thanks Marylou...so am I right in thinking that the first year to be admitted on distance from school haven't sat their GCSE's yet?


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