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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:58 pm 
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Can anyone help me with what CRGS are looking for on the application form for the reason that we, my DS, are applying for the school.
Applications due in soon and really stuck at getting it to sound right. Also how may words would you consider to be a 'short' statement?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 6:32 pm 
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Why does your son want to go there?

    parents want him to
    Lives nearby
    Likes their favourite sport / music / something
    Knows someone already there
    Wants to do a subject they offer but nobody else does
    Doesn't want to be forced into something at the next best alternative
    Would benefit greatly because...

If HE has no reasons, maybe he doesn't want to go there.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:40 pm 
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My daughter really wanted A level Spanish and they offer that.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:21 pm 
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DD's wasn't long- a couple of short paragraphs. She mentioned family connection with school, extracurricular activities she would be interested in, her uni ambitions and how her choice of subjects fitted with this.
TBH I'm not sure how important it is. After applying she was asked to supply recent school report and gcse certificates for subjects already taken. She has an interview in 2 weeks.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:25 am 
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Make sure it is his own words and is well written - checked carefully for spelling etc.

I suspect it is partly to make the applicant think about why for themselves....

Subjects on offer
Teaching organisation and style
Ethos
Academic standards
Extra curricular


They are looking for people who will fit in well - be able to hold their own academically and thrive in the school. School report and GCSE predictions are therefore critical but this part gives an opportunity to demonstrate that you 'get' the school. If someone who is really bright is going to spend the two years fighting rules and not participating in the school then its not going to be a good experience for them or helpful to staff or fellow pupils.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:12 am 
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I would highly recommend it for a committed academic child. Some of DD's friends found the transition from comp to GS tough initially. Some didn't come back to year 13 but most are now working their socks off in yr 13.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:22 pm 
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Thank you, just have to wait and see now. Any idea how long it will take to hear anything?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:23 am 
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Interviews take place over quite a period of time so don't worry if you don't hear straight away.


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