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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:54 pm 
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Does anyone know what the entrance criteria will be for the North Cestrian Grammar School when/if it becomes a free school?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:31 pm 
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There will be no entrance exams I hear - The main aim is to take very local children in that possibly struggled in the Grammar exams (this is what I have been told)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:59 pm 
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Would you want a place at north cestrian? I checked it out for my DS when he narrowly missed the grammar entrance exams but was really shocked by their poor outcomes/results which seemed to be lower than the none selective local schools and much worse than the Grammars, I do know some who went on there from my DCs primary and they don't seem to have performed anywhere near as well as I would have expecte, a big surprise given they are fee paying and have an entrance exam currently. Would definitely have thought they should outperform the high schools? ( unless anyone else knows something I've not spotted/taken into account?!)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:23 pm 
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I believe they have a very high percentage of students with learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia and have provisions to get the best out of children with special needs.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:31 pm 
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I believe they have a very high percentage of students with learning difficulties e.g. Dyslexia and have provisions to get the best out of children with special needs.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:25 am 
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That would explain the figures then. ( I thought there may be more to it as the numbers surprised me) I guess the value added score is the one to look at then if comparing schools, much like the super selective schools achieving very high exam results, but out of a cohort of already very bright children?


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