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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:42 am 
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Hi

DS is going into Yr 6 next month and on top of the 11+ to be taken in November, he's talented enough to be auditioning for vocational schools. Anyone else out there about to go through a manic year, or is it just us? At least he only has the one 11+ exam session (plus a mock session a few weeks before the real one). Any wise words from other parents whose children are now at a great school and really happy and settled? Best of luck to any other children attempting to get into vocational boarding schools at 11. My DS boarding at 11 :shock: :shock: I don't know what to do for the best, but will let the audition results speak for themselves and if necessary panic then. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:00 pm 
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Excuse my complete ignorance, but what exactly is a vocational school? Are we talking drama/music?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:12 pm 
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I am guessing there are specialist music or sports schools like Millfied???

My DD my be off to board too if she gets in the school of our dreams. She needs to pass the scholarship otherwise we wont afford it. :(

Is the boarding you are looking at within reasonable distance from where you live? The school we are looking at provides a preview weekend in Oct so my DD will have a taster session. She fell head over heals with the school so did we so I am so sure she will be OK. You've to be fairly confident and comfortable that its the right school for your child to have a piece of mind. Boarding doesnt really freak me in the slightest :roll: . I boarded and all my siblings boarded abroad so did DH and we all had a fantastic time even though the school were VERY strictly run by nuns and the food rubbish.

If your DS passes the audition he will be fine and boarding will give him a chance to persue his passion more. :D

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:12 pm 
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sherry_d wrote:
She fell head over heels


I guess it's a gymnastics specialist school then! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:16 pm 
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I am sure they will let her happily do gymnastics. :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:24 am 
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The thought of boarding scares me. even DH who was a boarder himself and has no regrets about his decision would prefer our children not to. However DS3 does ballet and we may have to consider it for him if he has a future with it. Thankfully though not for some time yet.

It does put decision of whether to sit 11+ or not into perspective though. Seems rather minor I'm comparison but poss that is just me.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:29 am 
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my husband was sent to board from 8 and it's scarred him for life. I know each to his own, differing reasons etc but without a need at the level of a gun at my head I'd no more contemplate it than I would buying another dog (ho). Again, I'm "lucky" not to have geniuses so haven't had to consider it.
Did we ever find out more specifically what the OP meant by "vocational schools"??


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:33 am 
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only things I can think of these days are drama or music or ballet..


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:42 am 
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From UK Student Life:

Vocational schools teach practical, job-related subjects. The most common exam-based qualifications are BTEC (Business & Technology Education Council) exams organised by EdExcel (http://www.edexcel.org.uk): BTEC First Diploma (level 2), BTEC National (level 3), HNCs (BTEC Higher National Certificates, level 4) which usually take 1 year to complete, and HNDs (BTEC Higher National Diplomas) which usually take 2 years to complete, or VCEs (Vocational Certificates of Education, either Vocational AS Levels or Vocational A Levels).

Modern Apprenticeships are a mixture of work-based training and education. There are two types: FMAs (Foundation Modern Apprenticeship, which last at least 1 year) and AMAs (Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, which last at least 2 years). NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) or the Scottish equivalents SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) are qualifications which can be obtained while working (see: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/nvq).

For more general information about vocational education and training in the UK, see: http://www.britishcouncil.org/education/vet.
There is a UK qualifications database at the website of the UK National Reference Point for Vocational Qualifications: http://www.uknrp.org.uk.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:44 am 
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mmm - they seem to be related to an older age group than 11 plus.. ???


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