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 Post subject: Slough consortium
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:32 pm 

Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:15 pm
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mumofthree1972 wrote:
This site is very informative so thank you to everyone who has put messages up. Its very helpful to read other parents comments.
I wanted to ask some advise.
My daughter sat the Bucks 11+ and got 120 and 111 respectively.
She also sat the Berks exams and got 108 for nvr 103 for vr and average 106. (her nvr is her weakest out of the two).
She sat a series of mock tests at school under exam condition and was getting good marks at least 129 and above.
We have put in an appeal for Bucks which is in Feb and we have very strong support from her Head teacher. Good academic results in all her mock papers as well as CATs scores of 5.
We dont know what happened in the exams.
We want to know what our chances are.
Even if we are successful in the bucks appeal we are 20 miles away from the school do we have any hope of getting in?? Can anyone help on this one???
Its all very confusing..we did have some problems at the time of the exam which I can email seperately.
Also with Berks, is it worth appealing? we agian have very strong support from the Head teacher but we also realise that it will be harder...If anyone can advise this will be appreciated.
many thanks

Hi there mumofthree1972. I'm new to this site with DC 1 having taken Slough 11plus this year missing out by one point at 110 :( I hope your story had a happy ending and you have left all the worry behind you!? I'm struck by how similar our DC's academic profiles are and wonder if you have any advice for us. Firstly i should say that on religious grounds our first choice school is St Bernard's. Our DC's CATS earlier this year were VR 141, NVR 129 and Quantative 119. SATS are currently level 5 with one level 6 predicted and reading age very high (14). We didn't tutor and sadly inexperience with timings, nerves and a mild illness that week resulted in timings failing on DC's NVR. On a different eleven plus the following week DC scored particularly highly on NVR! We're not looking fwd to the appeal process at all - if you have any do's and don'ts we'd be so grateful to hear from you. Btw, does the abbreviation 'pm' mean 'private message'? How do you initiate that without giving your email? Many thanks!

Any thoughts from Etienne and Chad (gosh you must be so busy) would be enormously appreciated too of course!

 Post subject: Re: Slough consortium
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:18 am 

Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:26 pm
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Welcome! :)

The advice is the same as given to mumofthree1972 - study the Q&As:


Let us know if anything isn't clear.

Good luck!


 Post subject: Re: Slough consortium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:53 pm 

Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:33 pm
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Hi Patrick4,
Its so weird seeing my old post pop up when things were so bad at that time. I can understand what you are going through.
We did have a successful Bucks appeal and my daughter is now at Beaconsfield High School and has settled well.
We did also go for the Berks appeal for Langley only but were unsuccessful.
If you wanted to PM me then I would gladly help as we were under immense pressure around the time of the appeal but any help I can give you I would do so...

 Post subject: Re: Slough consortium
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:25 pm 

Joined: Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:49 pm
Posts: 1647
Location: berkshire
Hi Patrick4

You seem to have excellent academic grounds for appeal and presenting these documents along with the recommendation of your current school head would be good.
With the consortium you are appealing for both non-qualification and oversubscription at the same time so you will need to also consider your reasons for wanting your child to go to that particular school. Obviously you have a faith preference and there may be other reasons for wanting St Bernards.
As you say, a score of 110 is only 1 point under the qualifying mark and as you have other NVR results that indicate that the result was not indicative of ability then these will help your appeal.
Have a look at the Q&A's and come back if there is anything you are not sure of.
Good luck


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