slough mum wrote:
I have contacted some of the individual schools and details are still not finalised. This is causing frustration because CAF forms need to be submitted by the end of next month, and no tuition can be provided as we don't know what subjects they will be tested in. Don't know why they can't just stick to VR.
Why do you need to know the process before completing the CAF? Do you not just put your school choices in your preferred order? If you elect not to apply to one of the schools after learning of the process, surely the people administering the CAF process simply ignore that choice on the CAF and move to the next one? When my daughter was in year 6, we completed the CAF before the 11+ results were known and when she didn't get the qualifying score, the first two choices (GSs) on the CAF were simply disregarded. I believe Bucks operates an equal preference system, so there is no advantage in "tactical positioning" of school choices on the CAF and no disadvantage to not knowing the exact testing process in advance. I don't know about Slough's CAF process so everything I've written might not apply!
As for your point about tuition, perhaps there is an advantage to schools not releasing details of the subjects to be tested? Perhaps some schools feel that the current VR-only process is not right for them at 12+ or 13+ or perhaps that the system's integrity is abused by the amount of coaching and tuition that does take place? I've no idea if that is the sentiment but it is a possibility.