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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:40 pm 
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I know a lot of us went this morning, can't say I spotted you :lol: :lol: !
What are your thoughts? The HT speech was short, always a plus point in my book, but he didn't seem very confident - no eye contact?!?
The pupils who took us round were very polite & enthusiastic, though I don't feel we saw an awful lot, quite a few empty classrooms without any displays.
I think it seems like a good school but it didn't shine for me today.
I'm hanging out for the Kent results - Dartford Grammar is our favourite :?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Interesting thoughts. I didn't go, although I/we intend to put C&S 3rd on CAF. Like you I am hanging out for Kent results and hoping and praying for DGS which my DS and I visited back in June. Really liked it, but even then, that will be DS's 2nd choice as 1st is St Olave's- yet to sit test.
Would be really pleased to know though that DGS is obtainable if all does not go well at St O.
I'm in a state of limbo at the moment, in fact today I feel quite sick with it all. My Ds got a really good score in Bexley, top 180, but he doesn't really want a Bexley grammar. I know that sounds ungrateful when there are so many parents out there who were either disappointed or will be in suspense until allocation day and here we are seemingly rejecting a Bex grammar.
Actually I feel like crying now, so I shall go off and do that, then pull myself together and come back later.....


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:33 pm 
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I know that sounds ungrateful when there are so many parents out there who were either disappointed or will be in suspense until allocation day and here we are seemingly rejecting a Bex grammar.
Actually I feel like crying now, so I shall go off and do that, then pull myself together and come back later.....


Tact, please. In Bexley 91% of kids at state primaries failed the 11+.
Yet again, they are excluded from applying to the schools on their doorstep.
That IS something to cry about.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:54 pm 
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Layla, I know how you feel, and why you might seem 'ungrateful' but don't feel that way.
We all want what is best for our children including the right school. I would prefer a Kent grammar over a bexley grammar, but if I don't get the choice I will take any grammar over a comp as I feel that is right for my child.
I know there are many who didn't pass and are desperately upset, but that doesn't mean you are not allowed to worry and be upset over your own situation, all be it a better one than those who were not 'deemed selective.'
Good luck with your choices.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:16 pm 
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its a shame if 91% of kids in state primaries did not pass.
Ths school's are definitely not giving the kids the best opportunities.
They go on about not preparing for the 11+ but the exam is being taken in their borough and right at the beginning of year 6 as well.

The independent schools in Bexley tend to have over 90% pass rate, get all the kids ready by the end of year 5 and most get places in the schools of choice.

Bexley council should really look into their primary school policy. Whats the point of an exam in a borough when kids are not encouraged to prepare for it?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:55 pm 
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The pass rate for Bexley children was 18% .

Of those who passed 31.4% were from Bexley


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:17 pm 
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Blessed mum, I totally agree with you - Bexley council need to get their act together. Getting rid of the Top 180 would be a start as all it does is encourage excessive OOB tutoring and this is not the purpose it was set up for.

Kids north of the borough are still getting a raw deal and I don't think that's fair.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:47 pm 
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To bring this back to the original question - I took my DS to Chis and Sid today. He passed with 242 which I consider a very decent pass - we were with a family whose DD was a "top 180" and her father said "this is not her 1st choice, she really wants TOGs, we are awaiting the Kent results, and she will also do Newstead Woods test" :!: :evil: The lovely fellow who was showing us around was brilliant - a true asset to the school. The father opened classroom doors where there were tests going on - quite clearly labelled on the door :!: but still the fellow guiding us handled it all with ease. I didn't know what to make of the school, its a bit tatty in places, the kids are a bit scruffy in their uniforms -BUT - they were for the most part very polite, patient and good humoured at this army of people walking around their school. The results speak for themselves - and I would be very happy for my DS to get a place there :P We are returning on Weds eve with DH so he can cast an unbiased eye over the whole proceedings :wink: "See" you all there!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:19 pm 
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moneypenny - That parent sounded really rude :x - what is TOTs?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:01 pm 
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countingtoten wrote:
- what is TOTs?


I'm glad you asked, I was also wondering what TOTs is.


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