PW Mum wrote:
Hi all Mums, my thoughts are with you all as you are waiting for results, could I benefit from what you have picked up please;
1) Are the Newstead Woods exams tougher than say Bexley/Kent
2) What has been the pass mark for NW in previous years.
3) Is a child disadvantaged doing exams at the beginning of Year 6 ie not having finisned KS2?
4) My daughter got 4cs in all subject and a Standarised score in reading of 137, 126VR and 138NVR at end of year 3 and, looks like having another good year in Y4 - does she have a chance with NW?
Hi PW Mum,
My daughter started at Newstead in September after missing out on the original cut by one point. I won't bore you with all the traumatic details however this time last year we recieved our last place school, my house was on the market, my hair was greying, eyes on stalks and I had consumed copious amounts of Bison. Thank goodness for the team here on the Forum!!!
Anyway...... with the scores your daughter is currently displaying she looks a good bet. How does she feel about NW? Does she really want to go there? I ask this because the expectation is so high in terms of getting in. I found though talking to friends that many teachers at the Bromley state primaries do not encourage taking selective tests, if they do they prefer to guide you towards taking the Bexley test and frown somewhat on the Super Selectives!
The current test (check that they are not changing it as St Olaves have done) is VR and NVR. Ensure that your daughter is comfortable and familar with all the types she may encounter - you will know whether she can manage the test! Remember it is super selective. My daughter finished one of the tests with 20 minutes left... she did very little checking and just sat there afterwards watching the clock... there is a lesson for you. I did not have her tutored in VR or NVR as I felt she was strong on these I just did some practice with her at home..... there is a lesson. I had her tutored in Maths, not because she was weak but - as you have alluded to in your question - she would not have covered the entire maths syllabus by time she took the test(Bexley and Kent have a Maths paper). I should have asked someone to take her through test taking techniques.... a lesson.
Over the past few years the lowest they have taken in is 218 - these were offered as late as May. First cut (offers out in March) have been around the 222/221/220 mark.
Hope this helps. Incidentally, my daughter is flying through!!! Her CAT scores put her in the top 2% and 5% for the three tests (cannot remember what they were) and she is performing a lot better all round in all subjects than many of the girls that, I fear, were coached to pass the 11 plus by their mainly private schools!!!!! Also, tellingly she is doing really well in Maths where some girls are struggling.
Anyway...must get on with my day job. A year ago I was sitting here with my head on the desk in a pool of tears.
I have today just seen my dear, happy daughter off to her local (hurrah for Newstead) school, happy and smiling.....
Seriously, though, reTIRED MUM, thank you for that post.
It wi11 give this year and next year's parents some insights into this happy proce55.