Independent Entrance Exams: What to wear? (SW London)

(37 Posts)

The information says school uniform for interviews, but what about the exams, if they are conducted on a Saturday?

therugratref Fri 11-Jan-13 19:39:24

Mine did Whitgift yesterday, a few in uniform. Vast majority smart casual.

So maybe smart casual seeing as it is Saturday?

therugratref Fri 11-Jan-13 19:51:11

I would go for that. Which school?

Emanuel.

basildonbond Fri 11-Jan-13 19:52:44

Clothes would be good grin

Basically anything comfy and practical -e.g. chinos & shirt but what's really important is how well they do in the exam so if your dc has a 'lucky' sweatshirt then that would be fine (I'd probably draw the line at hot pants and heels ...)

Child is a 10 year old boy, so I doubt hot pants and heals would ever cross his mind! grin

Hulababy Fri 11-Jan-13 19:55:10

DD is going for an entrance exam tomorrow (not down south though) and the letter says they don't need to wear uniform. Think DD says she is going to wear maybe leggings and a tunic type topic, but not sure. Just going for comfortable - not dressing up or anything.

therugratref Fri 11-Jan-13 19:56:32

My older Ds is at Emanuel- Smart casual is fine. Good luck- My Ds is very very happy.

FatalFlowerGarden Fri 11-Jan-13 20:12:11

Ds wore t-shirt, sweater and jeans yesterday for Whitgift exam. Some boys were in school uniform but many were v casual. They just need to be comfy, imo.

Therugratref - come and join us on the Whitgift thread grin

therugratref Fri 11-Jan-13 20:22:39

Where is the Whitgift thread? -Did a search but the threads were all old ones

FatalFlowerGarden Fri 11-Jan-13 20:25:59

He has selected his favourite "skate park" checked casual shirt, and beige chinos, think he will be fine...

Emanuel is my top choice, so keep fingers crossed. Even ds2 loved it there, especially the art department.

helpyourself Fri 11-Jan-13 20:42:44

'As square as you dare' grin definitely for interview!

olgafromthevolga Fri 11-Jan-13 22:18:35

Does anyone know what time they need to be at Emanuel tomorrow? I have lost the letter with details!

sausagesandwich34 Fri 11-Jan-13 22:20:25

DD's potential school they aren't allowed to wear school uniform -are told smart/casual

-she is 11, she has sloppy or wedding clothes! gah!

WillColbert Fri 11-Jan-13 22:47:02

Olga - letter says they should be there by 8:40 (for the entrance exam for year 7). Good luck everyone.

We intend to be there for 8.30 ish. Ds1 is STILL awake. In his bed, unable to sleep. He came down with a "lip bleed" moments ago, and needed new pillow case, sympathy and lip cream.

Gahhhh!

Labro Sat 12-Jan-13 01:07:10

Had the same problem here with no sleep! RGS test tomorrow, ds didn't fall asleep until nearly 11 after pathetically crawling into my bed and declaring he was 'too nervous' to sleep!

papalazaru Sat 12-Jan-13 04:37:59

Might be a bit too late but melatonin works well helping kids to sleep. My paediatrician recommended it for those times when the kids are a little too revved up. Not sure if you can get it in the UK though... It didn't used to be available. Good luck with all the exams and sleeping!!

Labro Sat 12-Jan-13 09:32:17

Now the waiting until this afternoon!

Yes, that was that...

hardboiled Sat 12-Jan-13 14:54:29

Well, at Emanuel it didn't really matter what DS wore as he sat in the sports hall which he said was freezing so he had to keep his winter coat on all through the exam! All he can talk about is how cold he felt...You'd think they would care to warm the place up...It is a place designed to be moving about and sweating and not sitting at a desk...!

Did he do the exam today?
Ds sat in a small room with just 10-15 other children, he was quite comfy. But he was wearing a t shirt with a V neck so would be warm.

hardboiled Sat 12-Jan-13 15:12:45

Yes pure, it was today. In their sports hall. Hundreds of DC in rows... Good luck to your DS!

Good luck to yours too!

Elibean Sat 12-Jan-13 15:52:34

Hey, Quint smile

Good luck to your ds, and others'!

I'm thinking of looking at Emanuel for dd1, in a couple of years' time, as an alternative to our local comp. She's at a local state primary at the moment, and I'm wondering - did you tutor for Emanuel? It sounds as though its got harder to get into/more popular recently?

I have to say, everyone I know who knows a child there say they are so happy...really hope your ds makes it in, I know how much thought you've put in to this whole process.

hardboiled Sat 12-Jan-13 16:09:15

Hi Elibean,
I'm not quint, and I don't yet know the result from today's exam...but we didn't hire a tutor. DH and I prepared him at home, with some practice papers and internet research. We knew that Emanuel wasn't one of the "tough impossible exam" schools and we trusted his attainment levels at school were an indication that we didn't need to pay a tutor...at 45/hour! Hope we were right!

Hi Elibean,
I am Quint. wink
Ds has seen a tutor for a year, but that was more because we wanted to bridge the gaps between his Norwegian and English education. Goodness knows how it went today. Ds felt happy, so I know he did his best.

This morning after DH had taken him I was thinking "What am I doing, I must be a horrible parent, letting my son go through something like this, when there is a chance that he may not get in anywhere." It is a good job though that the school he rates highest, is not independent, and he has a real chance of getting in. Non in our area though, all involves a great deal of travel.

It is difficult, most of all I want to just go back to Norway and put my head in the sand and put up with Free Mediocre Education for all. <sigh>

I am not sure how necessary it is to tutor for independent school 11+ entrance, but some of the children in ds' class has been tutored 3 hours per week since year 4.... This does not seem quite right to me.

Elibean Sat 12-Jan-13 16:19:29

Thanks, Hardboiled - and good luck, really hope it went well!

Do you mind me asking whether trusting attainment levels means something in the region of L5s?? dd is only in Y4, and is expected to get 5s at the moment, but she is not really academically motivated. Art/design do it for her, but getting her to try hard and make an effort for anything else is not always easy!

I should add, I fear I will be back here in a month moaning that I did not let my poor son have 3 hours tutoring rather than just 1 hour per week....

Elibean Sat 12-Jan-13 16:23:48

Hi Quint smile

I have a lovely Norwegian mum-friend at dds' school, she feels much the same as you! Good that your ds has his own preference, and that its all optimistic - though shame about the travel.

None of dd's Y4 class are being tutored apart from dd and one friend, just to catch up with maths bits they missed (which dd has already more than done). I suppose I'd have gone for one year of verbal/non-verbal reasoning, which the state primaries don't do, but not much more than that sad

dd is begging to be allowed a break from tutoring as it is (although she loves her tutor, just doesn't understand why she needs to do more maths homework than her friends when she is in the top set: the schools system here makes no more sense to her than it does to me - and I'm half Brit!!).

Anyway...let us know how it goes for ds, and everything crossed for you. And hardboiled. And any other SW parents worrying this week.

hardboiled Sat 12-Jan-13 22:24:18

Hi Elibean, I havel pm you.

Elibean Sun 13-Jan-13 15:28:20

Thanks HB, PMd you back smile

Hulababy Mon 14-Jan-13 16:39:04

Re the clothes - at DD's exam on Saturday most children were in casual trousers, jeans, leggings, sweatpants with t-shirts and hoodies or long tunic tops. Didn't really see anyone dressed up or particularly smart as such. Just saw an awful lot of Hollister, Jack Wills and Abercrombie tbh, lol!

DD's exam seemed to go well. She did her best - nothing more to do but sit and wait now.

OhDearConfused Tue 15-Jan-13 07:04:21

At City of London boys yesterday, most DS's in ordinary clothes, chinos, jeans, etc. a few in uniform, but v small minority. One - poor boy- in his rust coloured knickerbockers, knee high high socks and cravat!

lambethlil Thu 17-Jan-13 14:42:30

Don't feel too bad for the Knickerbocker boy! He's from Hill House, who send half a dozen there every year- and they don't select or test on entry. DS had a 13+ exam for another school on Saturday and although he left there 4 years ago wished he could wear the uniform to identify his old class mates. As it was he found 4 of them in home clothes. grin

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