Hi all you mums and dads that have it all behind you now
The waiting for results must be awful!
Hello, good evening, and welcome.
We're not finding the wait that hard, and barely notice it most of the time. That's not because we're complacent, but because the hard work has been done by DD already - we can't change what's been done. It's also because we're horrendously busy (I'm trying to work out when we'll be able to open the result envelopes next week, when the whole family are in the same place at the same time).
I am sitting here as a mum of DS sitting next year and already feeling ill. I have it in my head that the child has to be brilliant, privately educated, privately tutored and the next best thing to Steven Hawking!
No. They need to be reasonably bright, and if they are, then at a minimum run through the NFER practice paper pack from WH Smiths. Private education and private tutoring can get a less bright child through, but there are many of us who have had a medium amount of tutoring for them just to counter that effect. That's not to say that there are not bright children in private schools - there are, but just as many in state schools as well. That said, I do know some children who are Hawking-like, but they are few and far between.
I just feel that the primary school gives little feedback as to how DS is in relation to his peers. As I am new to the Glos area he has not been 'assessed' as such. I think he is bright but what am I to measure him against?? (sounds horrible all this measuring!)
Well, KS1 SATS scores are about the only information many schools give out, and these give a rough idea of if it's worth going in for the 11+. Likewise, mock KS2 SATS at the end of Y5, if the school do them. It's worth having a one to one with a good class teacher once they've got to know your child, as they might let some information leak out!