So this post was prompted by a post last week that 1700 boys had just sat the entrance test for Tiffin Boys (Kingston Upon Thames) for 140 places. I've posted here as I think my musings apply to any area where the grammars are super selective and therefore, numbers trying to gain entry are higher.
It crossed my mind whether all the parents of those 1700 boys honestly think they stand a good chance of passing
. Now you could say that someone has to pass and so you might as well give it a go. Alternatively you could argue that you shouldn't put your child through "it" (whether that "it" is years of preparation or just turning up on the day and sitting the exam) unless you are certain that they have a good to excellent chance of being in the top 150 or so.
I have to admit some personal involvement here as, at the moment, DS is intending to sit the test next year. However, it has crossed my mind that DS is reasonably academic but is he really in the top 5% of boys who will be sitting with him? I can honestly say that I don't know and I wouldn't know how you assess that. Also, in all honesty, I think it probably wouldn't matter to me if I did have that information. In my opinion, he would cope well at the school (and certain others) and it would suit him, so we may as well give it a go
So really, I was interested in other people's views on the subject. Do you have blind faith in your child's ability to get into a particular school or are you just having a punt with your fingers crossed that everything goes right on the day?
(And I am differentiating here between getting in and then coping once you're in as (in my experience) most kids who get in cope perfectly well.)
All viewpoints welcome