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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:20 am 
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Hi everyone,
I'm applying to Westminster, St Pauls and City for my boy - does anyone have any advice about schools that are easier to get into? He passed the St. Paul's exam at 10+ but failed the interview, so I think he has a chance at the really academic schools but would like a safer option as well. Help?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:18 am 
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Lots of the other indies are outside central London, whereabouts are you?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:25 am 
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We're in Islington.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:36 am 
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Highgate and UCS are the ones that spring to mind but also, Bancroft, Forest, Northbridge House, Marylebone? Sorry not my part of London but those should be commutable?.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:20 am 
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Oh, thank you! I'd never even heard of some of those, must scurry off to research.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:08 am 
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Highgate seems to be very popular right now. I know boys who gave up places at Habs and City for this co-ed.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:27 pm 
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Is the consensus that Highgate is a bit less competitive than St Paul's? I do know someone whose daughter got in there who seemed to think that it was enormously difficult, but maybe she was just proud of her kid.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:03 pm 
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I get the impression that boys who don't get into QE (state grammar) still have a good chance at Highgate. I believe St Paul's would be tougher.

I think parents believe the Highgate exam is tough because the English comprehension seems to require more detailed responses than most other 11+ tests but it's something that the child can easily prepare for. I remember telling a mum about the structure of the paper in December. It was a surprise to her but the family and tutor worked hard and a place was secured.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:57 pm 
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Harrow? That has lots of boys that failed to get into the school they really wanted to go to.. :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:40 pm 
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I'm hearing that schools that were traditionally 'back up' options are now a lot tougher to get into, such is the London competition these days.


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