Ok another question - hopefully this one will make more sense!
My son failed to get into Westcliff Boys last year - we are out of catchment and because we felt it necessary to put 3 comps down on our selection form we only had space for one Grammar. He was consistently getting high scores in his practice papers, well over 90% for VR and close to that on maths & english. His scores were English 22/50, Maths 18/40, VR 75/90. Overall, standardised, wieghted score was 310.23. Total applicants for the school 689 - his position (about 200), Applicants on your ranked list 341.
We had thought this was terrible since he had been scoring so high. But was it really that bad? Was his position of 200-ish purely out of the 689 candidates, or out of the 341 out of catchment? I have read some messages below which suggests children got into grammars with some raw scores less than 50% so maybe he didn't do so bad after all, I've always felt his VR score was probably good enough. The big question is .... would he have got a place at Southend if we'd put that down instead of Westcliff?
Its just a post-mortem really, I doubt there's anything I can do to get my son into a grammar now, but I do have another child sitting the 11+ this year and want to go into the whole thing fully clued up! Thanks to anyone who answers.
Did you check where he was on the waiting list for Westcliff? His position I think was out of the 689 that applied which is why I am asking if you checked his position as they take 150 and he would have been pretty close. Yes, I do think he would have gotten into Southend with that position. He could always do the 12+. In terms of schools for your next child, you should put Westcliff and Southend and then the comps.