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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:35 am 
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So test done, what did people think.
Did child get all questions done


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:39 am 
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Half the students are sitting this pm and some more on the backup date so do not post any details of the questions. DG


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:57 am 
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I would not post anything ... even numbers of questions might help.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:31 pm 
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Ok when is back up date?
Anyone know time or style of bushey meads test for next sat.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:32 pm 
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The back up date is early October so a while yet.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:00 pm 
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Boys grammar poorly organised, saturdayam, large numbers channelled through small areas, having been kept waiting outside, teacher outside had no idea where to direct children with special needs, when they had an allocated room. Stressful. They were good few years ago when other child sat test, what went wrong this time?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:58 am 
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There has been a major increase in numbers in the last few years. Schools are finding it hard to cope. How many years ago did you experience it? DG


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:52 am 
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My older one took 11+ just 3 years ago and I am taken aback by the sheer increase in number of kids taking the exam this year(younger ds doing 11+).I agree with Dg. Maybe the school was overwhelmed.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:59 am 
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Maybe this a reason why I for one would welcome a return to the old system, ie CAF in in October, exams in November. Look at Mill Hill county for example, thousands of children sitting for very few places, many of whom have no intention of applying to the school, they are using it as a free mock. Is this fair to those who genuinely want a place at the school?

If numbers keep going up and up each year, where will it end??

What on earth was wrong with the old system anyway? Yes you might 'waste' a choice if your child doesn't do well enough in the exam but you can rank either 4 or 6 schools depending ok where you live. As long as you make sensible choices in terms of alternative schools on the CAF, I don't see the problem. Most reasonably well informed parents have an idea of how bright their dc are and if it's worth having a try at a selective school.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:30 am 
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I get the feeling that there are more DCs sitting the test every year and that ther is a lot more preparation going on too. The 18 outer catchment places at WGSG could filled with just the DCs of people I know (all of whom seem bright and well prepared).

It's going to be an anxious time waiting for the results but I'm afraid that even when we know the scores things won't necessarily be that much clearer. As a result of all the bright, well prepared DCs I suspect that cut-off scores will be considerably higher than previous years so even what would previously have been regarded as a good score may not be enough to feel confident about putting a school down on the CAF.

The numbers applying to a school based on all criteria are published (I seem to remember there were between 600 to 700 applicants to WGSG last year) but I don't know how many applicants hoped to gain entry via the academic test or the music test.


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