Hi, Herman told me about this post, I haven't been on the forum much at the moment as life has been pretty manic for the past few weeks and my health hasn't been the best, but nevermind...I'm here now
Clitheroe has 3 exams; Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English. These are all multiple choice and there is no essay to write. They are all done in 1 sitting on the same morning in early September as the children are just entering Year 6, It goes from 9am-12.30ish with a refreshment break between the first and second exams.
They take 120 pupils each year;
For entrance into Year 7 in Sept 2008 ( the latest I have figures for) 92 in catchment and 28 out of area pupils got a place. 411 children sat the tests (205 in area and 206 OOA) There were 13 appeals, none were successful.
For my own personal experience, I'm really not sure what went wrong, we did concentrate on VR and NVR a lot more than Maths and English. My DD got 100% in one of her Year 5 English QCA exams and was a level 5 in Maths too and I think we relied on this too heavily. The exam in Maths especially covered much more than she had learnt at school in Year 5, She passed for Skipton (VR, NVR) and Westholme (VR, NVR, Maths, English and an Essay) So maybe she just let stress get to her that day
Hope that helps abit, any more questions, just ask.