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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:12 pm 
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Hi all, I have been going through a few posts here and I am confused when one should attend open days. I was under the impression one attends open days in July preceding the Eleven Plus exam (for example for 11+ exams for 2017, one would attend open days in July 2017, for entry in 2018).
But if it's not so, should I have attended the open days in July 2016? My DS is sitting the Eleven Plus exam in 2017. Also, how do I decide which exam centre to choose? Thanks in advance
PS I am new to the region and don't have a lot of knowledge on the minefield that is 11+.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:02 pm 
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Most of our children go to look at the schools in year 5, before taking 11+ in the next September, so you are fine!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:11 pm 
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Lots of people around on the forum who will happily help if you have specific questions. It's also worth browsing previous threads.

As to which test centre.
There are comments in previous threads about what happens at different centres.
Many people prefer the smaller centres but they are all well practiced in taking care of the children.
Its also worth making sure you know the area well before hand.
This year some of the centres appear to have got full so it's worth getting booked in early.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:29 pm 
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Where do you actually live? It would make sense to register your DS to sit the exam at the school which is most convenient for you, although you have got ages yet for sightseeing around Essex :) . Shoeburyness High School has plenty of parking (assuming that they allow you to park on-site) and may be quieter than, say, WHSB. But a bit of a traipse for 8.15 if you live between Chelmsford and Colchester, though.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:17 pm 
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Some families go to open days in the summer of year 4 - just to get a feel for whether it is something their children want to work towards.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:02 pm 
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Thanks all! Much appreciated.
KB- When you say it's worth booking a centre early, how early do you mean?
Toadmum- I live in Beaulieu Park in Chelmsford.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:09 pm 
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The csse web site will have all the dates you need.
I would get booked in as soon as bookings 'open' - no reason not too?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:17 pm 
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Tigermama72 wrote:
Thanks all! Much appreciated.
KB- When you say it's worth booking a centre early, how early do you mean?
Toadmum- I live in Beaulieu Park in Chelmsford.



I would probably stick with KEGS, personally. A bit of retail therapy to take your mind off the exam while he's taking it and a nice lunch at Lek's in the market (that and a visit to the cheese stall being my answer to anything in Chelmsford :D ) to take his mind off it afterwards.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:09 pm 
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My son sat it at Kegs. It was quite organised. Bit of a queue round the wall along Broomfield Rd but fast moving. Once inside they separated them alphabetically and you wave them goodbye. I'm only in Chelmer Village but I stayed in town anyway. Cuppa and cake in Costa, bit of shopping, then I sat in the library reading (worrying) for the last 45 mins! Then treated him to lunch after :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:14 pm 
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I did exactly the same slightlystressedmum! We arrived at registration 5 minutes before it closed so no queue at all, just toilet and straight into the hall for the exam. We did not want DS sitting in the exam hall getting anxious for 20 + minutes.


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