In the year above Beth, they’ve just found out their secondary school allocation. We live in an area with 2 good grammar schools, and when you look at the results, the remaining schools in the area don’t come close. Beth is quite clever, and is the top set in Numeracy, and second to top in Literacy, so we are really hoping that we can get her into one of the grammars.
However, the whole area of the 11+ exam, and grammar allocation, is turning out to be complicated, and scary! I always assumed that if the intelligence was there, you stand a good chance, but I’m now seeing differently! I’ve started to download and buy some practice papers, and it’s quite worrying that many of the questions Beth has looked at, and doesn’t understand.
If the primary school hasn’t prepared very well, then it’s down to the parents. I’m not sure I want to go as far as a tutor, so Glen and myself are going to keep working with her – I’m hoping that just practicing will help her feel comfortable with the exams, plus we can try to help her with those areas that she’s struggling with.
However, even this isn’t simple. It would appear that there are different types of exams/papers, and so it’s important to get the right ones. We’re in an area which use NFER, rather than Bond, and they’re multiple choice. That means I’ve already wasted £10 on a Bond book!
I shall keep blogging as we go through this process, and I’d like to hear about your experiences, and also any advice that’s out there!