Feeling deflated after rejection letter(94 Posts)
I feel like someone has taken my little boys life and thrown it away.
We just received a letter to say he wont be called for interview after his 11+ exam.
DS is super bright, nerdy but street smart too. He wins most academic at his prep every year, G&T in school, always gets top marks in tests.
I didn't do lots of tutoring because I thought he was okay.
I'm so upset for him. What went wrong?
Is anyone from this thread still around? This thread is particularly interesting as I have a son that is about to approach the 11+ and is fearful of failing. Being in a competitive school if he is the only one to not get an offer this can be quite devasting for him.
I note that sobbingmummy you have had to unfortunately experience this... Did things work out?
I gave the option of jumping ship now and accepting a place at a less academic school so that he doesn't have to go through the whole 11+\CE exam stress. What would your advice be to me in hindsight?
Sorry. I thought it was grammar. I didn't realise the sort of fiddling around that happens regarding 11+ and 13+.
nkf it would be a pretty rubbish entrance exam if pupils could get 100%. The indies design their papers to test all dimensions of a pupils ability and to test the brightest to the limit, and then they also take into account the schools reference, and clearly as I am almost certain happened here, their relationship with that school and protecting the quality of the pupils that Prep will recommend them to at 13.
Sorry, I read a bit more. I see he's bounced back already. Good luck with the next step.
I really think parents should be careful how they present these things to children. I don't think any of mine would have known hardly which was the preferred school of various we tried so it would be no big deal if they didn't get into the top one and got into another one. If the parent is utterly relaxed about it the child tends to be.
He wasn't rejected. I hate that way of looking at schools. There wasn't a place for him after they'd given the other places away. Rejection is too harsh and personal a word. There were kids who got 100% and that's all there is to it. You should pick yourself up so you can help pick him up.
Summerends well certainly the ones I know were not even interviewed. I would have thought it would be difficult for a Head to decide to put a pupil through the stress of interview if they have already decided that they are not going to antagonise the Prep School Head, or agreed with them they won't poach. Exams are not marked in a first past the post way anyway, with attention paid to how questions are answered. If a pupil is not well prepared they will be looking for evidence of ability as opposed to accuracy in easier questions. I don't know of a single indie around here that would computer mark exam papers, that is something done by the Grammar Schools with thousands of entrants. I think I have heard of some Boarding Schools doing it but I assume that would be a low threshold pre test.
Argh. We're waiting now too and I feel for you sobbingmummy.
Shooting I completely understand what you are saying about discouraging transfer at 11 and agreements between preps and senior schools. However I have always heard / assumed those factors including the reference would influence the outcome at the interview stage since exam pass marks are much more cut and dry, especially when computer marked.
This doesn't sound like a good prep school though. Good prep schools educate, they don't decelerate so they don't lose pupils at 11
The good pre schools are normally really good at giving you the right expectations. You will be told by the head if the child is likely to fail and is more likely to go for their second or third options. If he just did really badly on the day but brilliantly in the exams for the other schools he sat for perhaps that could be explained to the school.
If he's at a 13+ school they will be prepared for exams at 13+ only which is always a factor but every parent in a 13+ school is well aware of that.
Summerends and Dalmations I don't know where you live or your experiences but really I do know parents who have broken ranks from what their Prep School Heads recommended and had this experience though their DCs were very bright and more than capable of passing the exams. In one case a Secondary Head did apologetically send a message via the informal (Catholic) network to say he would really welcome her son at 13 but could not poach. He knew he was going to be the loser and indeed her son went somewhere more academic on a scholarship. The reality is that these Prep Schools stand and fall by being able to show the scholarships that their pupils achieve at 13 and they are not viable if everyone jumps ship at 11, especially their brightest pupils. They have leverage over the Senior schools because they don't want to upset the apple cart. Frankly every day school I know acknowledges they would prefer to do away with the 13+ entry, it causes all sorts of problems, even in boy's schools.
He sounds like a great kid. I am glad he is bouncing back quickly. I hope he gets some other offers, and if he does, please let us know!
DS is back to his normal self today and not the slightest bit bothered about not getting a interview.
Thanks for the supportive messages and advice. MN is great.
It's worth remembering that this isn't a judgment on your DS and his worth. Its an impersonal exercise based on answers to standard tests given over a couple of hours on one particular day.
DS1 has just had a similar experience with one school and I wanted to go and say to them "can't you just talk to him, he's a great kid etc." But its not personal; its just numbers.
I tell mine that she'll end up in the school she's meant to end up in, and if she doesn't get in somewhere it's because she'll be better off somewhere else. I do believe it too, and it seems to be keeping her cheerful.
sobbingmummy, I am sorry. It must all feel very unfair. Some of these tests are so dependent on how tutored the child is and that can override a natural ability.
How does the school compare to the others you have applied to? Is it far better or just slightly?
It sounds like the prep school hasn't been preparing him much in comparison to other preps. I'd be speaking to the prep school and to the senior school to find out what went wrong.
My DS at 11 was so ready for a new school, he had 'grown out' of his prep and was in desperate need of change. For some boys two more years at prep are needed to help them mature and be ready, for others a move is needed to give them a fresh start and new challenges. Both routes lead to the same long term outcome IMO - it sounds like your DS is in need of a move?
I would just weigh up the other options and work out which is best. Wherever he ends up is more than likely to be for a reason and work out in the long term and be where he thrives. I wouldn't hold him back at prep school if your DS is against it. Sounds like a fresh environment is needed. Your DS can always potentially move later on for Sixth Form to this 1st choice school.
Good luck with the decisions.
Worth waiting it out and going for 13 plus probably if they take any in at that age.
Sobbing if he did some VR (and found it easy) and he has has previous IQ tests, you have been tutoring him. He sounds very advanced but I doubt that at this stage he would have been rejected because if input from his headmaster.
It's probably that he made silly mistakes or was unable to work fast enough. At that age not all DC have the maturity that enabled them to concentrate for long enough and not be overly stressed in an exam situation.
Shooting, his sister will only watch the black and white version so hes not got a choice. We always try to read the book and then watch the movie.
Blueberry, I think most parents do a lot more than we have. If I had to do it again I would tutor. Being bright does not guarantee a place.
Not sure how I feel about tutoring/not tutoring, ask me next month when DS1 receives his letter....most parents seem to do a bit before an exam..
We did a bit of work with him, mainly in mental maths as it is a weak area. We didn't do any bond papers as he was scoring close to 100% first time (so no point, I thought) and reading he is very good at.
Although we scared ourselves as I asked him to write a short story - beginning, middle and an end two days ago and he didn't seem to be able to. I am hoping he won't have got writer's block today, but I am about to go and pick him up from his assessment and find out!!!!! I guess if he doesn't get in we'll know why....
I honestly don't think you can blame yourself, after all if he had failed an exam but had tried his best and done what he thought was right you wouldn't blame him would you? Things happen and all experiences shape who you become and who you are so it is how you handle these events that is important not what the actual event is.
He is very bright obviously, he sounds hardworking and a good kid so he will do well.
What you need to do is build up his confidence and say 'look this has happened and we need to now look at what the options are and move forwards'.
Incidentally I was at a selective school, we all sat the 11+ to go up to the senior bit but 3 girls were advised to take the common entrance for another private school instead which was considered to be an easier exam for that school and our school felt they wouldn't pass the 11+. Those 3 girls would quite possibly have struggled had they gone on to our senior school partly because of the pressure but as it worked out they went to the other school and have all gone on to be very successful with exams and their lives.
IMO if a child has to be tutored to get into a school then it isn't the right school for them, either because they will struggle with the work or because the school is quite possibly a very pressurised environment and that isn't pleasant for most people.
Sobbing Not the latest film adaptation, Dreadful, most of the dialogue is f****g, the only good thing is the long long long shots of scenery!
Cherub was in Year 5! And he too is a book worm (of sorts), but just re-reads
and re-reads his favouraties (Cherub and Bond and Percy Jackson) over and over again.
Anyway, de-railing the thread....
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