Rob Clark wrote:
DS has a fantastic score. Fingers crossed for Latymer next week
Can I just ask you why your DS sat the Bucks exam? Why would you expect parents with children desperately keen to get into a Bucks GS which they live near to be pleased for you artificially raising the bar in this way? Or do you have a genuine intention to move house?
Sure Rob. I will answer it with complete honesty and with the assumption that this question is without malice – notwithstanding the rather brusque tone.
There are a couple of reasons for my child having to go through this rigmarole. One, we have to move house and are open to moving to another area and that could be Bucks, Bexley, Sutton, or another place in Enfield.
Two, we neither have a terribly bright child nor enough money to get him tutored. If only this wasn’t enough, our agony was compounded when we started on the 11plus journey late – at least by the average standards that one reads on the post here – and hence had to make our DS write a few exams, hope that one would click and then move.
Three, the key fact worth bearing in mind is that it is only sometime in this year that the catchment area rule for Bucks has been amended. We were very interested in Royal Grammar and SWBGS. For these two schools, I have a detailed note from Bucks council confirming that one could move in to the area anytime up to the 14th of November for admission in the year 2015. Hence, there was no reason to not sit the test. It is only this month that I realised, much to my chagrin, that they had moved the goalpost since then.
I realise that people living in the leafiest borough of ‘em all feel a sense of entitlement and that gives them the right to demand an explanation as soon as they suspect someone might have stepped in.