Kingston grammar school 10 plus

(102 Posts)
ttcnumber3maybe Mon 20-Jan-14 20:13:07

Hi folks! Ds took 10+ at kgs on 4 jan and we haven't heard anything yet 2 weeks on... Just wondered if anyone else out there was in the same boat. I bit the bullet and called admissions last Friday and she said they hadn't started doing the calls yet for interviews as they were focusing on 11plus (although we had been advised would hear within 2 weeks).... Let me know if you hear anything! Ds also took the hampton 10plus but was his first ever exam and raced through it without checking... Was no suprise when we got a rejection letter (15 places out of 250 odd sitting the exam!!!)

CherryEmma Tue 21-Jan-14 14:42:40

Hello, have you tried also posting this on the Local Kingston talk board? Here's the link:

local.mumsnet.com/Talk/kingston-upon-thames/local-active

Good luck

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wheresthebeach Tue 21-Jan-14 17:33:51

Heard nothing so far so am keeping fingers crossed

Alana1975 Wed 22-Jan-14 10:00:31

we have not heard anything either

wheresthebeach Wed 22-Jan-14 10:59:58

If I remember correctly offers don't go out til mid Feb so still a while to go.

amidaiwish Thu 23-Jan-14 16:44:57

Yes but mid February is yes/no letter. The admissions pack said interviews would start 2 weeks from the exam. So surely if they'd got an interview we'd have heard by now. I must say my impression of KGS has plummeted since the exam...

wheresthebeach Thu 23-Jan-14 16:59:09

Someone on another thread phoned last Friday and was told they were prioritising 11plus and hadn't started on 10plus yet. Basically a guessing game.

wheresthebeach Thu 23-Jan-14 17:00:45

Doh...or this threads OP!

Pop1ns Thu 23-Jan-14 20:25:10

We contacted KGS on Monday late afternoon as we had missed a few calls and wondered if it was them. They said that they still had not contacted any 10 plus entrants yet.

amidaiwish Thu 23-Jan-14 21:11:55

So why do they say in the pack interviews take place 2 weeks after the exam. They are MEAN!!! grin DD & DH seem to have forgotten all about it, I wish I had.

amidaiwish Thu 23-Jan-14 21:15:23

Does anyone know if the "no" letter is banded like the Hampton one? Ie 1.you are amazing, on a short wait list. 2. You did well, hope to see you next year for 11+, 3. You are well off the pace.
Not saying that is how they are worded but you get the gist!!

castlesintheair Fri 24-Jan-14 09:43:13

amidaiwish, I don't know if you get a banded letter (do Hampton do this now?) but you can ring the school and get a fairly good idea of how they did. We did this with DS last year and the year before. Although the feedback was confusing at times. Interesting that they are taking so long at KGS with the 10+.

Pop1ns Fri 24-Jan-14 14:24:33

Just received the general email from KGS, processing of exams taking longer than anticipated so will hear sometime next week

Alana1975 Fri 24-Jan-14 14:28:30

İ received the same email apologizing for the delay in response

amidaiwish Fri 24-Jan-14 14:29:57

Me too. Wonder if they saw this or got fed up of people contacting them!

castlesintheair Fri 24-Jan-14 14:32:45

Suppose it must be the sheer volume compared to previous years that is taking them so long. Last year we had a call for interview within a week of taking the exam, albeit 11+.

amidaiwish Fri 24-Jan-14 14:33:02

But really instead of "next week" they could say "all letters will be posted 1st class on x day". Hampton did, turned it around under a week.
Quite inconsiderate really.
People are right, you learn a lot about a school going through the admissions process. Communication is so important.

amidaiwish Fri 24-Jan-14 14:33:51

Those doing 11+ heard in about a week.

ajhamilton Fri 24-Jan-14 16:18:06

Hang in there! It's a great school once you're in!

Contessa28 Fri 24-Jan-14 17:41:33

Strange I didn't get an email! I did spa to them and they said posting letters out today all being well... Good luck all!!

Contessa28 Fri 24-Jan-14 17:41:55

Spa? I wish!! Meant speak!!

amidaiwish Sat 25-Jan-14 10:31:37

Nothing in the post today.
My friend was talking to a tiffin tutor yesterday evening. She said the delay from KGS was because they had set the exam too low and were struggling to identify the top 10% who they normally invite for interview.
Not sure how reliable that info is.

Shootingatpigeons Sat 25-Jan-14 12:20:58

It doesn't sound right to me. They have 100 + places and they are going to offer a lot more places than that, as the brightest will get offers from more than one school. They do two sorts of interview as well, at 11+ anyway, the general interviews where it seems they are almost certain they will offer a place providing your DC doesn't deck one of the other DCs or fails to string a sentence together (in my DDs case it was a charm offensive fun discussion designed to engage them with the schools ethos and learning approach.) Then they have subject specific interviews where they test out areas that appeared weak in the exam. I am sure they will interview more than 10% based on that. In fact I can't think of a single independent school that would only interview 10%. Even for other schools that screen out after the exam like LEH it is over 50%.

More likely just the difficulty of getting through that number of exam papers. They are not just tick boxing, they are evaluating strengths and weaknesses, looking at the way they have tackled the questions as well as accuracy. A tiffin tutor would probably struggle to conceive of such an exercise hmm

Plus Tiffin tutor and reliable source of information on schools in the same sentence would be an oxymoron as far as I am concerned.

And I agree there is no problem with the extent and nature of their communication with parents ( just look at the Heads letters on the website, by far the most honest and open Head of any of the indie Heads, they are a far better indicator of the school) it is a great school when you are in.

amidaiwish Sat 25-Jan-14 12:39:31

This is for 10+, not 11. They only interview max 40 for 25 places.

amidaiwish Sat 25-Jan-14 12:46:43

But I see what you're saying re volume and tiffin tutors!

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