As a Bucks parent the attitude of DP’s on this post concerns me.
Bucks is different to other areas with super selective schools
, we do not have any super selective schools. We have a system which is meant to select the top 30% of DC to go to GS.
If DC who have been prepared for the super selective schools take the Bucks test they will almost certainly pass. The tests are moderated so only a certain similar number of children pass each year. This means their pass/ticket will give them the right to apply to go to a Bucks GS but they may not get in due to distance or may not want to apply as have no intention of going to a Bucks GS. They have however taken a pass/ticket from a Bucks child who would want to go to a Bucks GS.
As has been seen this year 600 children as per the post below passed the Bucks test but did not apply to attend a Bucks school. Then no surprise at all that more children got through on appeal than normal to take the places that these children did not want. viewtopic.php?f=12&t=36309&start=20
We all have different opinions and I hope I am allowed to share mine. Local schools for local children. Children traveling miles to schools is wrong in my opinion. Education is part of growing up it is not everything.
I would not travel miles to take my child to a mock paper, say 2 hours each way for the nearest free mock, I think this is wrong and really do not understand why any DP does this. There are local mocks available on this site and others.
The Bucks system is not working if 600 children win a place at a Bucks school but decide not to take it.