DS sat at Camp Hill Boys. We got there early and I'm glad we did as there was a steady stream of people going in even at that time. We weren't allowed into the school at all; we had to drop them at the door and there were current pupils there who took them through to get registered and show them where to go.
By the time I was walking back out, there were a LOT of people going in, so I'm not sure what experience those arriving later would have had.
We were told to be back for 11.55 and I got there at 11.50 - there were already loads of people there. They held us back at the end of the path/drive until nearly 12.20 before we were allowed to go and wait at the door where we had dropped them off. Then it was probably 5 minutes or so before the first boys starting coming out.
So we didn't have a bad experience of the queuing system because there were only three or four in the queue when we arrived but the rest of it sounds pretty much the same.
Ditto for us Manon, we were in a school in Shirley. I wouldn't have expected (or wanted to) have gone in with DS. The system was the same (staff and older students took the candidates in, the queues to reach the gate were horrendous though!) at Queen Mary's exam too in July last year and as DS had taken that one too, he knew what to expect.
Dobspoon, you are right that as they have done it every year in the past, surely, it shouldn't be so chaotic. Nothing should add to the stress on the day! Fingers crossed for you all.