There is something which has been bugging me since the SET results were released 2 weeks ago. In previous years, they had told parents the number of sitters in the results notification email. For example, last year, we know 4,378 boys and girls sat it and 1,800 went through to the 2nd stage.
This year, we've got absolutely nothing. Had it not been the Heads at Wilsons and Sutton disclosing the number who passed Wally Boys (through frustration with the Wally Head more than anything else) - we would be completely in the dark.
Why the lack of transparency? Why all the secrecy? I simply don't get it - unless I'm missing something.
The rumour mill suggests over 5000 sat the test - why couldn't they just tell us? Then we can better assess our DCs chances.
Let's hope they provide more information in the 2nd round results notification. Shame they didn't share in the first place.
I have a theory - details (how many passed etc. etc.) are concealed to ensure that parents don't make assumptions (by definition these can be wrong some times) about their DC's chances. Given all of this is relative, parents dont know what other parents would put in their preference list and hence have no clue about what their DC's chances are.
Schools want parents to just fill their true preference.