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 Post subject: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:54 am 
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My Son. A great consistent high achieving student at school got his marks for watford boys on Friday. He scored 230. Quite naturally dissapointed. We live in the outer catchment area. Is there really any realistic chance of him gaining a place and is it really worth even considering putting it down as a first choice and going on the waiting list?
Does anyone know, if boys who have got much higher scores and also have a sibling a the school, do they fill up a place based on academic or sibling policy?


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:11 am 
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Hi John terry,

I'm going to move your post to Hertfordshire where you may find more help.


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:32 am 
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Please refer to admission statistics sticky at top of Herts page. 230 is a very good score but sadly unlikely to be high enough for Watford Boys looking at past results. You mention sibling rule. Siblings will always get priority and cross siblings have a great chance of admission. Last year all cross siblings were offered a place regardless of their score. Although this may not always be the case it depends on numbers applying to school as Watford boys must guarantee at least 19 places to boys on distance, along with 25% on academic and 10% on music. Your score would be enough for Rickmansworth, Queens and Bushey Meads upper banding if these are schools of interest to you. You don't say where you live. However be proud of your son as 230 really is a very good score 200 is the average.


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:41 am 
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John terry wrote:
Does anyone know, if boys who have got much higher scores and also have a sibling a the school, do they fill up a place based on academic or sibling policy?

This is covered in note (x) of the school's admissions arrangements:
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Applicants who are entitled to be offered a place under more than one of criteria 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, will be offered a place under the lowest numbered criterion.

Thus an applicant who qualifies under both academic (criterion 8) and sibling (criterion 4), will be treated as a sibling admission.


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:03 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. I know it is a bit optimistic, but without knowing what everyone's intentions are, and what schools they prefer - it is all a guessing game. Ricky, queens and bushey all very good schools - but not one of our choices.

Bring on march when all the places are allocated
decaff wrote:
Please refer to admission statistics sticky at top of Herts page. 230 is a very good score but sadly unlikely to be high enough for Watford Boys looking at past results. You mention sibling rule. Siblings will always get priority and cross siblings have a great chance of admission. Last year all cross siblings were offered a place regardless of their score. Although this may not always be the case it depends on numbers applying to school as Watford boys must guarantee at least 19 places to boys on distance, along with 25% on academic and 10% on music. Your score would be enough for Rickmansworth, Queens and Bushey Meads upper banding if these are schools of interest to you. You don't say where you live. However be proud of your son as 230 really is a very good score 200 is the average.


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:58 pm 
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As said above, if a boy gets a high score but also has a brother at the school, he will be offered a sibling place rather than an academic one.

230 is a good score and your son did well in the test. However, this score would not have resulted in offer of an outer area academic place at WBGS in any of the last nine years (even from the continuing interest list up to September) and is unlikely to do so in 2014.


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:19 pm 
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Parmiters is our nearest school according to the Herts distance measuring tool. However DD got 238 and the lowest score has not dropped below 240 since 2007. is it worth putting it down on the CAF?


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:51 pm 
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In the Watford Boys' Secondary Transfer Information, does the "Furthest distance offered (in metres)" mean for those who get in without exam.?


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:27 pm 
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yes, furthest distance offered is the furthest distance a boy lived who was offered a community place ( not academic, not staff, not sibling, not cross sibling, not music)


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 Post subject: Re: Watford boys results
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:10 pm 
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Thanks again for the reply. Is this statistical data from inside source? Or is this information readily available? It all seems black and white - and unless you work at the school how do you really know what the lowest score intake was for WBGS


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