Yes but leaves a sour taste, because if this is about ability, then kids don't suddenly lose or gain massive amounts of innate ability of 8 weeks.
But this is not about innate ability it is about how well your child happens to run on one specific day either 1/7 or 12/9
So the bright label is a little misleading. All you can really say is that your child ran slower or faster then the average speed of the other kids on a given day. If they happen to have run very fast, then they will be offered a grammar school place in the said area.
I know you all know this, but I wanted to say it out loud as it helps frame discussion on the result tomorrow
Had 2 DDs go through this and that is exactly what I always told them. For Birmingham there is no pass or fail, you cannot fail the 11+.
It is purely on the day and so much depends on how the other children do compared to you.
Not getting a GS place does not make you any less smart than the day before the results came out.
I also stressed to them that DH and I went to GS and both have fairly average jobs. We have friends who went to comp who earn far more than us - it is not the be all and end all.