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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:42 am 

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I am new to this forum. I have a year 6 daughter at a state primary. She is bright but not exceptional. A good all rounder.

I have always planned to send her to a state secondary as that is all we can afford but at this last minute her grandparents have offered to pay for a private secondary.

We have visited the five schools in the title and love them all. Latymer Upper is probably her favourite as its co-ed but she liked the others.

How hard are these schools to get into? She's not tutored although I'm now doing about half an hour a night with her going through practise papers and bond books. Is it realistic that a bright but not exceptional, non-tutored all rounder could get into these schools? Do some of these schools have a better reputation than others? We only one to apply to three and we are having a hard time deciding which.

Thanks for any help you can give.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:18 pm 

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As a gross over generalisation Francis Holland, Putney Hugh and NHEHS have in the past tended to be slightly easier to get into. I am aware of many (well over 20) kids whohave had offers from these but have not got interviews at G & L or LU. Latymer Upper interview a lot of children and have been known in the past to perhaps offer some kids on 'potential' or all round (including non academic) talents, but this is assessed at interview so only once they have passed the exam. A bright kid with limited tutoring can do it, but I guess it depends how bright is bright? Not sure about the others but am aware (lasts known intake 2013) that over half Latymer's in take has been from state schools. Good luck.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:20 pm 

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I think bright but not exceptional is probably a fair description of most kids at these schools. You do need to start getting your DD to do whole papers now so that you can identify her weak areas and work on them, and also to get her used to completing them in time. Encourage her to write down her working out in the maths papers - there may be a method mark even if the answer is wrong, and to write full answers in comprehension. there are lots of tips if you search the forum, on creative writing.
It's very generous of her grandparents to pay, you might want to take a close look at extras (school trips can be expensive, lunch, books, uniform etc) in advance, and work out what will happen if for some reason they can't pay. Some schools offer a discount for paying in advance which might be useful.
However many schools you apply to, I would make sure at least one if from the easier to get into list that mad? Identified. I applied to four for each child, with either one or two easier options for each.

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