Hi Cptn & Guest
Some very comprehensive replies from njg and Patricia, so I won't repeat what that said.
Just to add one thing to njg's post, if the school refuse to recommend the child for the 12+ the appeal is known as an "Appeal to test" and is successful more often than not.
My son took the 12+ this year and also found it easy. Patricia is right that the extra 18 months between tests does make a big difference. However, I must say that the kids thought it was very
easy. They all came out saying that - well, in pre-teen speak!
We started practice only a few weeks before the test, as he was coached to death for the 11+ (bad idea). We did some IPS papers and he did some of the Tutors CDs as well.
On school places, take a look at this thread, where we are gradually getting a picture of how many vacant year 7 places there are at the Grammars. Obviously the picture will change during the year as children move into the area or leave, but it gives you some idea.
On which subject, has anyone seen if the official figures have appeared on the Bucks CC website yet? (A job for "super-ferret" Dad40, methinks!
Do come back to us if we can help you both over the next 6 months.