Cup of tea wrote:
I think if you have appealed, you cannot enter in year 7, but you can take the test in yr 7 for entry at the beginning of year 8. It is an english, maths and science test. The school will have no idea if you have prepared or not, you literally book a place with admissions and turn up. the 3 tests take about half a day. One thing to be aware of is, more students mean more money, so the school is more likely to accept a student even if they can see from the tests that they will be at the bottom of the cohort - bums on seats and all that!!! I would go for it if your daughter really wants to go there!
Maybe there are different systems at the different schools. I know 3 children who entered (different, local) GS in Y8 and Y9. They are most definitely not bottom of the cohort and have proper written evidence to prove the opposite. I also know that more (by about 3 fold) took the in-year test than were offered places at at least one of the schools. I don't know about appealing as none of the children concerned appealed for a Y7 place but like Cup of Tea I also understood that you get only one shot per academic year. I also know one child quite well who was told not
to prepare but to annotate questions they couldn't do with something to say that they hadn't covered the material. The school preferred this to trying to second guess what a child had been coached for.
It is certainly true that they like bums on seats and that children leave these schools just as they leave others. And yes I imagine they will take someone who applies at the right time if they are broadly OK to get in. STRS says on its website that it takes children from a broad range of ability (top 40%) so it is easy to see that a relatively able child applying when there happens to be a place is likely to get in as there are financial imperatives on all schools. Pates is possibly a bit fussier although even they probably wouldn't leave an empty place if someone was going to cope in Y9 or 10.