Firstly sorry if I am showing my ignorance here but I wonder if anyone can explain to me the following:
My daughter sat the Walsall Consortium exam which cover schools as far and wide as Newport in Shropshire & Walsall & Wolverhampton, of which as I understand it many families from the B'ham area take as a 'mock' type exam in readiness & as back up for Birmingham 11+ exams/schools.
Now my daughter could never go to Newport Girls just like my son couldn't go to Adams Grammar without us moving houses & so they go into exams with kids from Bham who are in similar boat (who don't really want Walsall/Wolverhampton schools due to the logistics of travel etc. )
It seems a badly run system why cant the schools sit and students take the exam for the selected school they covert? i.e my daughter sitting WHGS & QM only & not blocking up opportunities for families in Shropshire who seek Newport Girls? and vis versa?
Would this not be a more logical process?
Shall I go get my tin hat on, because I feel I am missing something here & expect to be 'educated' on the ins & outs of the system in place..perhaps I am simply naive
My understanding is that the Walsall consortium will join Bham next year, as warks did this year. Whether that's a good thing for everyone....
It doesn't feel good to me, but that's because my child got a 'safe' (?!?) Score for Walsall and bombed in KE but we can make Walsall work travel wise. I can see how it makes sense to the schools, it must cost the Walsall consortium a fortune to be a 'free mock' for so many each year.