It's a great little forum. I came to it a bit on the late side, mainly due to my daughter deciding that she wanted to do the 11+ three days before the cut-off date for submissions - talk about cutting it fine
She's home educated at the moment so it was a bit of a bolt out of the blue when she said she wanted to take the test. Until I came on here, I had no idea that some people trained their kids for a year or more, or had them tutored (not disapproving, just saying). I don't think I realised how competitive things are at this stage in a child's education.
I'm glad the waiting is over and I'm surprised at how nervous I got. My daughter somehow managed to be much calmer about it than I was, but I guess there were different things at stake for each of us. For her, she suddenly decided she'd like to try school if she could get into grammar but was equally happy to stay at home for another year or two. For me, as well as being upset for my daughter, a fail would mean that all those parents who condemned me for taking my kids out of school last year would be having a good gloat in the playground. We're very happy that she got a good result.
As for Medway, it is a great place, some beautiful buildings, stunning countryside, and it's full of passionate artists and musicians. Sure, it has its ugly bits but doesn't everywhere? I just wish the council would stop ripping the best bits down in the name of regeneration - there'll be no heritage left.
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I hope that whatever the outcome of the tests, all your children go on to get the education that suits them best and makes the most of their potential. Well done to all the children who took the test. They all deserve a treat after so much pressure.