Extracurricular activities - grammar school admission

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pran
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Extracurricular activities - grammar school admission

Post by pran »

Hi all,

I always see parents asking me which stage your daughter is in swimming or any other extra curricular activity she goes. They are more proud in telling that their child has moved to another stage so quickly.


I am more curious to know whether completing stages quickly helps in grammar school admission. Just wanted to know if i am missing out something here.

Thanks in advance!
mitasol
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Re: Extracurricular activities - grammar school admission

Post by mitasol »

Generally extra curricular is of no importance but a few GS have a limited number of sports or music places available.
Aethel
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Re: Extracurricular activities - grammar school admission

Post by Aethel »

if it made a difference it would be in the entrance criteria!

It’s just parents making conversation (or sometimes stealth boasting about how amazing their DC is)….

Grammar schools (unlike independent ones) don’t have interviews so the child’s outside interests aren’t revealed until they get to the school (very occasionally an appeal may discuss academic extracurriculars, as a reason why the child is especially suited to a school, but it’s rarely relevent)

What is important is not pulling your child OUT of their hobbies due to the eleven plus. Far too many parents state in year 5 “little X is concentrating on their studies this year”… which is awful for little X if it means they can’t learn judo/go to Brownies/join a junior band….
11+examprep
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Post by 11+examprep »

Hi, Extra Curriculars are considered for Selective Independent schools, not for Grammars. Before the exam, the Independent school asks for confidential report of the children from the current school. While applying for the entrance exam, parents have to fill in all the activities the children do Sports, Music etc, inside or outside school. These are considered as much as how well the children performed in the exam. Sometimes when more than 1 child score equal/borderline marks, the child who was involved in more activities will be given preference. In short, no Extra activities are not considered by Grammars. Sorry for the long answer, it is for parents who consider Independent schools, and as PP mentioned who consider pulling their children out of all the activities to prepare for 11+.
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Re: Extracurricular activities - grammar school admission

Post by ToadMum »

Aethel wrote: Tue May 23, 2023 7:25 pm if it made a difference it would be in the entrance criteria!

It’s just parents making conversation (or sometimes stealth boasting about how amazing their DC is)….

Grammar schools (unlike independent ones) don’t have interviews so the child’s outside interests aren’t revealed until they get to the school (very occasionally an appeal may discuss academic extracurriculars, as a reason why the child is especially suited to a school, but it’s rarely relevent)

What is important is not pulling your child OUT of their hobbies due to the eleven plus. Far too many parents state in year 5 “little X is concentrating on their studies this year”… which is awful for little X if it means they can’t learn judo/go to Brownies/join a junior band….
The two people I know who cut all extracurricular activities out of their DC's lives for a significant time before the exam for the local grammar schools subsequently saw their DC fail the exam anyway. DD also failed, but at least she'd had a normal 'diet' of Scouts / swimming / diving / rookie lifeguard (may also have been the time she and DS2 were doing archery once a week as well) and giving that up would hardly have stopped her having a 'Planet DD moment' in the exam and forgetting to turn over the page in the double-weighted VR paper :roll: .
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