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Essex 11+ 2012 - Anyone else doing it?

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piggywigwig Thu 06-Sep-12 12:18:34

I was wondering if there's any other MN'ers on the countdown to the 22nd September?
How's everyone feeling? How's everyone's DC's feeling? Does anyone want a hand-holding session, support and even a rant?
I'd love to hear from fellow Essex parents smile

piggywigwig Sun 24-Feb-13 17:17:18

Yes, letseatgrandma, we spoke wayyyyyyy up the thread smile I'm waiting for a result for CoCHS smile

breward Sun 24-Feb-13 18:00:08

Hi Letseatgrandma, with Essex you log on to the ECC at midnight (if you are desperate to wait up... or can't sleep!) With Southend you wait for an email from SBC. Most are received about 8am so no need for a late night. Hopefully emails arrive before school or the agony is prolonged with DC's peers knowing their allocated school but not them.

Am I right in thinking these are the schools we are hoping for...
Letseat- SHSB
Laluna- ColCHS
Piggy- ColCHS

Good luck to all. Any lurkers, please feel free to add your Grammar school choice and we'll root for you too!

laluna Sun 24-Feb-13 18:47:59

Hi all!

We've had a good half term - still can't believe that the result of all the hard work over the last couple of years will be decided on Thursday night!! Just desperate to know now. Not the best of timing as I start my new job this week too! Eek! Not sure of how to break the news to DD. There are 4 hopefuls in her class and we are all good friends but DD's score is the lowest so if they all make it and we haven't heard, we will still be non the wiser.

Good luck to everyone - thanks for being here! Think its gonna be a long week but will no doubt chat on Friday.

MerryCouthyMows Sun 24-Feb-13 18:53:00

Hello! Starting to nail bite here! (Still in my Christmas NC, will change back this week lazy bint )

piggywigwig Sun 24-Feb-13 18:59:12

Yep, all lurkers are very welcome to come on and join us - the more the merrier smile Now is probably the best time, with National Offers' Day looming fast wink There'll be lots of support on this thread.

Breward, yes, I'm CoCHS smile

DD2 has told me today, that she wants me to wake her up as soon as I hear the news. I have a suspicion that she won't be going to sleep anyway wink It's an awful feeling when there's several in your class who are also gong for it - I'm keeping my fingers crossed for smile I know we'll both be in the CoCHS hall on the induction day wink

piggywigwig Sun 24-Feb-13 19:03:25

gong should be "going"

Trazzletoes Sun 24-Feb-13 19:09:34

Hi, this thread has absolutely nothing to do with me (other than that I went to a grammar in Essex) but just wanted to say good luck to all your DCs.

This thread just brings home to me what my parents must have been through 3 times! I never really thought about it before but their nerves must have been shredded!

I hope your DCs all get the places you/they are hoping for.

laluna Sun 24-Feb-13 21:18:49

Piggy, can't tell you how much I hope that will be true x

MerryCouthyMows Sun 24-Feb-13 21:21:15

Tbh, I've not had much time until today to think about it!

In the last 4/5 months, DS3 has been dxd with SN's on top of his life threatening allergies, we are just starting the statementing process for him before he starts preschool or nursery in September (if I can find one to take him...), DS2's physical disabilities have worsened, my arthritis has worsened, AND last week I was dxd with early stage cervical cancer. I start treatment on Tuesday.

I'm most worried about how I'm going to manage to compile a coherent appeal for DS1 if I need to, at the sane time as going through the statementing process for DS3, at the same time as doing DS3's DLA application, at the same time as trying to find DS3 a Nursery willing to take him, at the same time as DS2 is gaining consultant appointments like sweeties, at the same time as undergoing treatment for cancer...

It's going to be a busy few months if DS1 doesn't get in straight away!!

MerryCouthyMows Sun 24-Feb-13 21:24:15

It's good to hear about the extra places at KEGS, which may free up extra places at CRGS.

The only thing is, DS1 asked me to put KEGS first on the form, as a 'back up' option - is that pass mark of 336 for IN catchment?

MerryCouthyMows Sun 24-Feb-13 21:24:46

I'm going to brave the 11+ forum for the first time in months tonight or tomorrow, too.

justicewomen Sun 24-Feb-13 22:19:10

Hello, long time lurker here. Not sure if it is good news for Couthy.... but my DS is in the green zone for CRGS but has now decided he wants to go to Ipswich School (which has offered him a 50% scholarship).

I am somewhat torn. I also really liked CRGS, it's much higher up in the FT ratings and it would save about £4000 per year..... but it is an hour's travelling to CRGS whereas Ipswich School is a very short walk, and my son preferred it. Please don't tell me it's a bad idea!

So, one freed up GS place available for a deserving home!

MerryCouthyMows Sun 24-Feb-13 22:32:33

Good on your DS for getting a 50% scholarship to the Ipswich school!

justicewomen Sun 24-Feb-13 22:48:23

Thanks so much Couthy. I do hope your family's various health issues improve soon. You sound like an amazing mum!

MerryCouthyMows Mon 25-Feb-13 02:12:32

I don't feel like it! I feel like shit tbh. Just treating each day as a new day, getting up & getting on with it.

MerryCouthyMows Mon 25-Feb-13 12:28:03

Nerves are shredded. Aaaarrrggghhh!!

laluna Mon 25-Feb-13 16:18:56

Me too.

Feel sick sad

Someone somewhere knows and could put us out of our misery. Grrrr.

breward Thu 28-Feb-13 19:29:20

The wait is nearly over.
Keeping busy tonight being a taxi service. Planning to open email with ds at 6am tomorrow as either way it will be good news for us. Can't cope with a midnight wait, and not a wink of sleep because mind is buzzing with the news.

How are you all passing the time tonight?
Hands up who will be staying up til midnight!

piggywigwig Thu 28-Feb-13 20:31:46

I'll be staying up as I've got work to do...loads! Goodness knows what I'll be like tomorrow - it's going to be a tough day, work-wise and an incredibly early start sad Sleep is apparently for wimps wink

MerryCouthyMows Thu 28-Feb-13 23:56:31

<<wail>> I can't find the pad of paper I was using (6 months ago!!) where I jotted my ECC password down (I am half remembering that I couldn't use the one I easily remember because it was too short...)

And I have been told that the emails could take up to 18 hours to come through!!

<<Wails more>>

<<ransacks notepad drawer>>

piggywigwig Fri 01-Mar-13 00:07:21

Good luck to everyone - DD2 has a place at Colchester.
Come on guys - put me out of my misery and tell me how you all did!

laluna Fri 01-Mar-13 00:18:27

We'll be seeing ya too Piggy! She did it!!!! Many congrats to your DD.

MerryCouthyMows Fri 01-Mar-13 00:58:45

DS1 missed out on CRGS. But I've seen scores of boys accepted barely higher than his. So he may well be high on the waiting list. I won't be able to find out until NEXT Friday what his place on the waiting list is.

We will be appealing (have VERY good reasons why he under performed on the day, illness and family issues).

Realistically, if he isn't in the top 12 or so on the waiting list, then he has no hope of a place unless through appeal.

Could be kind of promising to be that high on the waiting list though...

[Nomansland emoticon]

So I still can't say with certainty where DS1 will be going in September.

He has a place offered at the local comp, but he could get into CRGS from the waiting list between now and September. Or he could get into CRGS if he won his appeal.


How very stressful!

laluna Fri 01-Mar-13 01:05:46

Mardy, I am so sorry that tonight hasn't been conclusive for you. I really have been thinking of you and hope that you will keep us posted. I am sure the forum will reveal the cut off soon so that you can get an idea of ranking and position. Stay with it { }

MerryCouthyMows Fri 01-Mar-13 01:11:56

I know. Just one more HUGE thing to add to my incessant to-do pile, compile an appeal for a GS that has only ever had 3 successful appeals.


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