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The Trinity Whitgift Dulwich 11+/10+ thread 2014 pt3

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SJ69 Tue 04-Mar-14 10:14:36

Part 2 reached 1000 posts so start part 3 here.
If you need to follow part 2, the link is as follow.

Dibbleofficer Tue 04-Mar-14 10:29:17

And running again ..need this thread very much at the moment

mummyinatizz Tue 04-Mar-14 10:35:54

Best of luck to all of you making what are obviously agonising decisions. We were lucky only to be offered one school, thankfully our preferred, so easy for us.
poozie sorry you didn't get your grammar offer, back on the blower to W?

ladydepp Tue 04-Mar-14 12:10:22

Email from W this morning asking which school we had chosen instead "for marketing purposes".

ladymuck Tue 04-Mar-14 13:50:27

Message deleted by MNHQ at OP's request.

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woodcote75 Tue 04-Mar-14 20:17:32

SORRY, that was my son- thinks he's funny!

pooziepuzzle Tue 04-Mar-14 22:24:30

Any decisions Dibbleofficer? Presume if accepting places tomorrow at deadline this can be done by phone??

pooziepuzzle Tue 04-Mar-14 22:25:02

Any decisions Dibbleofficer? Presume if accepting places tomorrow at deadline this can be done by phone??

Dibbleofficer Wed 05-Mar-14 07:18:30

Thanks so much everyone ... Still very hard

Really like Wilsons and it is probably purely more academic is in the top 25 of all schools state or private in the uk

But love Dulwich ..added value , etc


Hipster1 Wed 05-Mar-14 07:40:54

Tough choices. I would probably go grammar if I had that decision to make. If I felt I had made the wrong one at least I would have the 13+ intake and indies to revise my decision. Unfortunately this couldn't work the other way round as getting into grammar not at original intake is incredibly difficult.

ladymuck Wed 05-Mar-14 08:19:53

If you need an extra day or 2 to make up your mind, or are on the waitlist you can phone and ask for another tour round. I would definitely make the call before the deadline today, but it would buy you an extra couple of days if that is what you need. If you have just missed out on a grammar place, then I believe the grammars are writing/emailing today to give you details of scores and how close you may be to their cut-off. Equally I would expect the independent schools to start going down their lists this afternoon.

Dibbleofficer Wed 05-Mar-14 09:09:23

Thanks ...dc are chasing hard ..

Dibbleofficer Wed 05-Mar-14 09:12:02

A real gnawing issue is living a short bike ride from Dc ..but making DS take a train etc to Wilson's

Friends locally are also a big factor

But very much agree on the fact that u cannot change the decision the other way re indie to grammar ... But at 13 plus can make the other switch

LostinLondon Wed 05-Mar-14 10:11:25

Has anyone else chosen W at 11+? Would be nice to know there'll be some MNers in the cohort for this year.

ladymuck Wed 05-Mar-14 11:39:16

LostinLondon - think that dippingbackin is def W 11+, and I thought that there was a sports scholar too on the last thread.

Dibble, I am always cautious about league tables I'm afraid because they measure a snapshot of one aspect. Wilsons for example is up to 180 boys this year (and from this point on). One of the reasons that the head wanted to add a class of girls was so that he would get the top 30 girls in the area rather than the boys ranked 151-180. It will have a slight pull on the stats (and the cynical side of me says that he would be easily able to claim to be the top co-ed in the country, but perhaps I have seen too much school marketing). If you were only looking at the results of say the top 100 boys at each of the schools there would be a different comparison. But equally how cut-throat do we want the schools to get? Some of these boys are dealing with physical and mental illnesses common in the teenage years, some will be dealing with bereavement etc... Newstead Woods tumbled down the league tables by some ridiculous amount just because 1 girl got a D in maths. I really don't think that that means that the school is suddenly a poor one, though on the face of it it has gone from a top 10 to a top 150 school in a year....

DC traditionally don't negotiate on their scholarships to the best of my knowledge, which is a shame as you obv have a bright boy. I guess if you can afford it and DC is the most local school, then it must be tempting.

Mummynet29 Wed 05-Mar-14 12:16:23

Ladymuck which school have u decided to go for?

Mummynet29 Wed 05-Mar-14 12:20:18

W've decided to go with T..Any others here for T?wud b good to know as my DS will have to find new friends...none of his frens are going to T sad

Hipster1 Wed 05-Mar-14 12:24:25

My son was the only from his school that went to T. Friends was not an issue. There will be lots of boys in the same situation.

PookieSnackenberger Wed 05-Mar-14 12:36:51

I've just declined a scholarship in favour of Wilson's which feels very strange. Quite honestly it is pretty much the only school I would have accepted over the independent offer.

I think the extra Wilson's/Sutton places will be having a serious knock-on effect across the board in the local independent sector.

ladydepp Wed 05-Mar-14 12:37:02

1 boy from our primary is going to T on his own, your DS defo won't be the only one mummynet29

Seeline Wed 05-Mar-14 12:44:08

Mummynet - my DS was the only one from his school when he started (at 10+ - so not even moving on at the same time as friends). He settled in fine and now has lots of friends. The school is very good at helping the boys get to know each other. They do a lot in their forms, some stuff in different teaching groups, and some things across the year so plenty of chances to meet others.

PookieSnackenberger Wed 05-Mar-14 12:44:25

mummynet29 - It is often a fresh start at secondary and they make a whole host of new friends. Trinity is a fabulous school and I am certain your DS will feel totally at home from day 1.

My older ones kept in touch with old friends and made new circles of friends. It was never a problem.

dippingbackin Wed 05-Mar-14 13:25:00

lostinlondon DS will be going to W at 11+ with an all round scholarship. Slightly worried about the journey as we really are a long way out but he is so keen! He has chosen it over staying at his current school with all his mates and he won't know anyone starting at W! Clearly they did a good job of impressing him.

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