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 Post subject: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:39 am 
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Hi,

any tips for Alleyns interviews? Does it matter when yoour interview is? Ours is tomorrow ...


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:19 pm 
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Have a look at this earlier thread; I think one of the posts was referring to Alleyn's, too. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=40888&hilit=alleyns&start=20

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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:28 pm 
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Scholars get invited midweek. Otherwise they have a set number of children who are invited to interview and they are spread over 2 Saturdays. You should be told who the interviewer is on arrival which gives you time to google and check what their subject is. (Ds's least favourite subject changed from French to Geog when interviewed by the Head of MFL)

The standard "leaving the interview room on the way back to the hall" question is to enquire what the student is doing for the rest of day. The student is at their most relaxed at that point having "finished the interview", or not! Certainly any hope of dc remembering "please don't refer to your older sibling at a different school" vanished at that point, though didn't make a difference to the outcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:58 pm 
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Thanks Ladymuck! Do they invite children back in score order or candidate number? Seems impossible that they will randomly pick slots for candidates...

Does 'Why Alleyn's' (standard job interview question) ever pop up? Ds sat the exams for the ones that mom wanted... :?


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:12 pm 
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Nikita76 wrote:
Thanks Ladymuck! Do they invite children back in score order or candidate number? Seems impossible that they will randomly pick slots for candidates...

Does 'Why Alleyn's' (standard job interview question) ever pop up? Ds sat the exams for the ones that mom wanted... :?


I would think of a suitable reason for Mom having chosen Alleyns as one of the favoured few, then, that your son will be able to trot out in a plausible (or even totally truthful) way, should he be asked :lol: . I'm guessing that, 'Your fees are lower than Dulwich' wouldn't necessarily be the thing to say (and tbh I have absolutely no idea whether this is true).

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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:27 pm 
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Well score is irrelevant at this point for Alleyns. Everyone has an equal chance once they've made the cut for interview regardless of whether they just missed out on a scholarship interview, or are there because they are a sibling. So it is really 50:50 - can't remember whether it was candidate number or surname that would have swung it.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:34 pm 
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wow! I thought the interview was to kind of confirm that the child hasn't got horns, will fit in, etc. Sort of like an extra layer when you have to make the choice between the weaker scoring kids... God, it will be nice when this is all over...


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:45 pm 
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Alleyns is unusual in its admission policy admittedly, in having the exam and school report as a screening tool. And offers will be made to the majority of those interviewed, so my 50:50 wasn't your odds of a place, just your odds of guessing whether it is name or candidate number order. But Alleyns is renowned for surprises come offer day.


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:33 am 
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any idea on how many have been called back for interview? I overheard a scarily high figure which I can't believe is true.

By my estimate there are around 90 places available for non junior school children - be interesting to know how many they interview and offer to fill those places?


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 Post subject: Re: Alleyn's interviews
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:35 am 
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according to their Registrar, 700 sat the exam, 300 back for interview for 90 spaces


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