Apologies is the first time i used this forum. I believe it should help!!!! no make hurtful comments!!!!
I'm never rude on here, nor do I make hurtful comments. I can't work which bit was hurtful of what I said.
Please tell capers that not only the bright ones 'pass the test'.
Indeed, ones who are not so bright do pass the test through being heavily tutored. Even heavy tutoring is no guarantee of success. I knew one child who had private tutoring every day for over a year, did extra work as well and spent a lot of weekends & holidays working, yet still didn't pass - that is an extreme case, though.
Likewise, bright children don't always pass the test for a whole variety of reasons. The 11+ is a blunt iinstrument. It gives a yes/no answer based on how that child did in that room on that day. This is why there are Appeals Panels - to listen to parents saying that their child has not passed, and saying why a place should be allowed for them.
As a teacher myself, I believe this test has double sides
My little one has 'A' in Literacy, Maths, and every subject at school. I heard that HSFG offered to '205' score a place in the years before.
So, just to check playground info.
Playground gossip is so often wrong - they don't have the full story. HSFG can not offer a place to a score below 210/216 or whatever the pass mark is for that school. They may have children with that score in the school, but as I said before, they can only get in via an appeal.
I known some children receive tutorial for years or months to grammar school. I
It is very costly, and my little one didn't.
If your childs CAT scores are good - ideally in the 7th to 9th stanine - (you're a teacher, so you'll know all about CATs, stanines & SATS) and your duaghters predicted SAT scores are all level 5's, then you'll have a reasonable chance at an appeal; you will also be up against other bright children who didn't pass. An appeal is free of charge. It can not start until after a place has been declined on national allocation day in March.
We try to be helpful & friendly here, point people in the right direction if we don't know an answer (or in my case, am not allowed to help), share helpful advice, and clear up mis-information and urban myths.