Oh dear.. it’s been over 2 months since I wrote anything on here, and despite my intentions to post throughout our 11+ journey, it just didn’t happen. Mind you, it wasn’t very exciting, just lots of hard work going on, even over the summer holidays.
The exams are over, and Beth felt they went fairly well. She found it really hard to judge.. she didn’t finish all the questions on 2 of the papers, but then it was reported on the 11+ forum that quite a few people experienced the same.
We were aware that the head teachers actually get to see the results a few weeks before us.. and they are able to appeal against some decisions. This includes putting forward the child’s school work.. and Beth informed us yesterday that she had had to do her work on a piece of paper, because her books are all missing! Two others in her class were the same.. and all three had taken the exam.
So, I’ve now gone from being fairly laid back about it all, to being really anxious. If we’ve got it right.. it’s hard to think that she’s failed, but it’s good to know that her head teacher has that much faith in her. Plus of course, her future education could now be in the hands of a panel of local teachers!
The stress, mind you, does not stop there, as we’re now visiting the various secondary schools, and trying to make the decision as to where we should go. I don’t know about other areas, but every single school near us (including the not so good ones) are oversubscribed. It is possible that we could put down four schools on the form, and not get into any of them!!
If she passes (or gets through the appeal) there are two oversubscribed grammars near us. If not, there’s a popular Academy very near, one a bit further away, plus the local comprehensive. The bulk of children from her primary school go to the next door comp, but it’s not really where I want Beth to go.
On the 19th of Oct, we will get the 11+ result, and the application has to be in by 6th Nov. We visited one school last night, there’s another planned for Sat, plus some later in the month. It doesn’t give us long to take it all in, and make that decision.
The worse thing, however, is that we won’t find out where she’s going until March next year, and that seems like ages away!
Is anyone else going through this process.. or has been through it recently? What’s your area like.. are schools oversubscribed, or do you pretty much get your first choice?