New to this site, new to any site relating to the 11+, but I have something annoying me at the minute so had to start somewhere.
Will try and keep this as brief and as simple as possible, sorry if it all sounds rather formal.
My eldest son is starting secondary school in September, he's passed his 11+ and has been lucky enough to get a place at the school he wants.
He worked hard for this place.
He worked through a lot of practise papers and he visited a tutor at least once a week for nearly a year.
Even took practise papers on holiday with us so that he was in the best position he could be to do well at the 11+ and thus have the choice of the schools in our area.
Like I said, he passed and got the school he wanted, but it wasn't without a years worth of extra effort, anxiety, stress, "falling's out" and just plain hard work.
Now, what's the point?
Have found out just recently, that the local Grammar school is struggling to fill it's places for this Septembers intake and as a result of this, they have been writing to parents of children who didn't pass the 11+ to invite them to join the Grammar school instead of the school they had already selected.
And not just the near misses or the appeal cases, just anyone it seems?
Had I known this was going to be the case, we needn't have bothered, he would have been offered a Grammar school place anyway, regardless of any sort of 11+ result.
(I'm aware that it's been a pretty poor year results wise for this area, hence some schools were never going to fill the places they had available).
Out of the 29 in my sons current year group, 20 of them passed the 11+!
The remaining 9 had all taken places at other schools, but have all been contacted by this Grammar school and offered a place?
Do Grammar schools, or schools in general have a legal obligation to fill their places or is it just purely monetary? (More pupils, more funding sort of thing)
It's really annoying me at the minute, I feel it completely undermines this local Grammar school, but not only that, it undermines all the Grammar schools in the area?
What's the point in striving to achieve something when you can achieve the same result without doing anything, other than failing to pass something in the first place?
I see it as being rewarded for failing to do something and that isn't how I've always perceived a "Grammar" school education.
Perhaps it's not this Grammar schools fault, perhaps they are forced to fill places at all costs?
Just annoying me at the minute and I don't really know where or who to contact/moan at, hence this post
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated and thanks for taking the time to read this.