The place he sits the test is SUPPOSED to be his first choice of school on the CAF form(that we fill in after we get the results of the 11+)but does it HAVE to be?
No, it doesn't HAVE to be - it makes no difference where you sit the test, as the raw results will be forwarded to the other schools you have ticked and then included with all the other results of children who ticked for that school, then have the standardisation applied for that schools cohort. The only difference is that if one school makes the test experience better than another, the child may get one or two more (raw) marks from being more relaxed. Though having a child sobbing their heart out sat in the same room will be off-putting wherever they sit the exam.
When we get the results we fill in the CAF with a reasonable idea of where ds *may*get offered a place..so if he's done fantabulously well(ever the optimist me
)then we put(for example,for our purposes)Pates,Tommys,Crypt,Local comp...then in March IF he doesnt qualify for Pates but does for Tommys..we'll get an offer from Tommys..right?It just works down the list...
Yep, spot on.
My usual comment is coming forth now. (ahem, cough, clear throat).Please make sure you use all of the options on the CAF form.
You'd be surprised how many people don't, and end up stunned when they get offered a school half way across the county because they only put one choice (often assuming that Shire Hall will HAVE to allocate them that one if they only put one). Then end up appealing.
We're still hearing late appeals for this years admissions - yep, children who should be starting today or tomorrow, both primary & secondary. Sometimes the parents suddenly realise that all the other parents near them are busy buying new school uniforms, yet they've not yet accepted a place! There will be appeals heard over the next few weeks. Expect the usual stories in the local press "Glos CC have't given my child a school place", which is more often than not not quite true.
Of course, there are also people who have moved into the area at short notice since July who will be appealing (and do so throughout the year).
Anyway, we filled in one of the forms for DD2 to take the test when we went on a visit last term.
I'd like to take the opportunity to wish my cousins (who is possibly still on here) daughter and all the other Y7's a fun time over the next few days.