Change to Brit School for year 10 or stay at "outstanding" comp?

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notfluffy Sun 31-Mar-13 08:33:54

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fiddlesticks99 Tue 02-Apr-13 16:53:00

You started this thread saying that she has applied because she "dislikes" her current school.

I know a couple of people that go to the Brit School, and they love it - but they are not on the Art Strand. Both are commuting from North West London but seem to find it worthwhile.

Things in the Brit's favour might be :

Longer to do current GCSEs - if she is going to get an A in year 10, why doesn't she get an A* in year 11. She will be older and it will be easier. The same goes for Maths.

Enthusiasm - both of the school towards her, as they are specialising in an area she is interested in, and of the other pupils who are likely to all be enthusiastic about their subjects.

Things to be concerned about - they have a very narrow range of GCSEs - that range might be just what your daughter would choose, in which case it is fine. But she might want other things, which might be more available at her current school.

Not that many schools offer Psychology A level, and it is not a requirement for many (any?) psychology courses.

I am not sure why she is so torn, if she dislikes her current school !

notfluffy Tue 02-Apr-13 17:53:01

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mummytime Wed 03-Apr-13 08:42:45

AQA exams after summer 2013 all GCSE will be linear and offered in summer only. I think all January exams in GCSE have been abolished.

notfluffy Wed 03-Apr-13 12:27:34

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Kez100 Wed 03-Apr-13 12:52:21

At 16-18 I think the arts, being so vocational, are well provided for through the BTEC option of extended diplomas. My daughters college does offer an A level suite but it's very limited and very highly weighted towards the arts, with business and literature too but not a Maths or Science in sight.

But there is always the option of A levels at 18. There may be some cost involved but life isn't over at 18 because you dared to dream.

faridah Fri 12-Apr-13 23:56:12

I'm not a mother ... I'm a 14 yr old who saw this comment and had to comment ! I applied for the Brit school visual art and design and I'm a reserve ! I'm heart broken cuz there's a chance no spaces will open up. And your daughter must know how great this Is ! I wish I was in her shoes and got in, I cried for 3 days straight smile don't let her think what if , seize the opportunity!

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 10:26:27

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 12:55:26

Thank you smile I have friends but this is my dream and they will not be there forever ! I really hope I get in but thanks for the encouragement smile

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 13:21:19

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 14:00:52

Did she also apply for visual arts and design?

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 14:09:59

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 14:21:50

I got mine on the 30th as well even though it was posted on the 28th, they have us 7 days so I posted it last week Wednesday smile she must have been a really great artist, maybe she was in my workshop group. My workshop/interview took place on the 28th of February from 1pm.

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 14:34:19

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 14:46:15

There are certain subjects where I struggle and some where I am the top of the class. So I'm average. I noticed that they asked non related art questions a lot, my attendance was 91.4% and they said that I needed to have a 94% or more in Brit school. I usually have an attendance like 98% but I unfourtunalty had a series of asthma attacks resulting in my absences. I think I might of seen your daughter actually ! The name sounds so farmiliar ! Could you describe her? smile

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 15:16:52

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 15:31:36

I thought her name was DD? I think I stood next to her smile I remember another girl who was really tall like me smile

notfluffy Sat 13-Apr-13 15:50:20

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faridah Sat 13-Apr-13 16:09:47

Oh .. smile okay I'll post back if a place is offered

Kez100 Mon 15-Apr-13 13:26:03

What a pity, notfluffy. I can appreciate her concern over the long commute though. That's a lot of extra time she can spend on her GCSE work every week! She has turned down a Brit place but she still has the talent to have been accepted and the talent remains regardless of her decision. I hope her school pulls out the stops for her in year 10 and 11 to support their claim they are art-focussed.

And I cross fingers the place goes to faridah. Be lovely if she gets to cry for another three days - but tears of joy this time! It would seem like karma.

notfluffy Mon 15-Apr-13 17:40:20

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Kez100 Mon 15-Apr-13 18:14:24

On the matter of dyslexia, my son (year 10) is severely dyslexic and we have just found that special glasses have made a huge difference to him. We have, also, had problems with schools over the years and I have tried everything.

It was expensive. The coloured overlays only worked a bit for him and we were reluctant to spend £300 on glasses with such a relatively average result from overlays but he begged us to as he was getting more and more stress and frustration at school. In the end, we got him them prescribed last summer and thank goodness we did. They are not a cure but they are a great help and making so much difference for him.

If you want to discuss this a bit more, send me a message and I'll be happy to share.

notfluffy Mon 15-Apr-13 20:27:53

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faridah Mon 19-Aug-13 11:46:38

Hey, unfortunately I haven't heard back from them and its almost the end of the summer. I'll have to try again in 2 years sad thanks anyway

Kez100 Mon 19-Aug-13 13:33:54

I'm sorry Faridah. Have a great two years and good luck in future.

IamFluffy Mon 19-Aug-13 15:06:53

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