Hi, haven't been on since my DS1 took the 11+ 2 years ago and failed by 2 points. Not sure what went wrong but after an unsuccesful appeal he got a place at the local comp. On results day we were expecting a pass as DS was top of his class in through primary, Gifted and Talented level 5 sats etc etc. He opened the envelope himself and what followed will never leave me as long as I live. Let's just say he was gutted beyond anything I have ever seen. It took us 2 hours to console him and stop the sobbing and a good 6 months to recover his confidence. His first day at secondary was tinged with 'what could have been!' and I have to say, I worried myself sick to the point of ringing his head of year to make sure he wasn't going to be at a disadvantage. I could not have been more wrong. DS1 is now top of his year and full of confidence. He is now at Level 7C for Maths and 6a for Science, Technology and 3 other subjects. He represents the school for cricket, rugby and football and attends various other out of school clubs. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if they do not succeed in passing this exam, it really is not the end of the world. I got fed up of people saying to me "he's a bright kid, he'll do well anywhere!" but it turns out that actually, they were right. If you want my advice though, open the envelope first and have a distraction ready should the results not be what you had hoped for
My DS2 has just sat the exam and we wait with baited breath...this time we will be ready...just incase!
Good luck everyone