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123littlepigs Sat 24-Dec-16 01:53:27

Every year I have watched with interest and excitement as all of these types of threads have progressed to offers.

Finally in the same boat. The Christmas prep is wearing...And couldn't find anyone to share the experience with.... hence this attempt to start one....

Anyone else want to join? If I have missed a school... please feel free to still join in and add your school of interest.

Currently burning the night oil trying to find more comprehension material... anyone have any online suggestions?

woodlysmum Mon 26-Dec-16 13:24:26

Hello! We're in! Although preparation isn't going very well at all hmm

fabfortysomething Tue 27-Dec-16 21:50:00

We're in too - although DS has not done much.

villaoformen Wed 28-Dec-16 13:38:24

Really don't want to alarm, but from past experience now is the time to buckle down and practice. Even if DS is genius, they do need to be up to speed before the exam. Best of luck.

user1483131638 Fri 30-Dec-16 21:17:48

Hi - we're in too. Thanks for starting the thread. We do not feel prepared enough for next week and DS is certainly not showing any signs of "buckling down". Oh well, what will be, will be. I don't think a huge amount of difference can be made between now and then. My plan is not waste energy stressing out about it. I think DS will perform better if he is relaxed about it anyway. Good luck all.

Jige Sun 01-Jan-17 20:00:51

Hi all! I've read previous years thread and have found it very insightful. Last thread in particular was very interesting and helpful by many especially 'Ladymuck'.

Thank you 123littlepigs for starting this thread, I hope that others will join in. Not long now, all the best everyone!!!

fleurdelacourt Tue 03-Jan-17 09:57:49

good luck all - ds was in this boat last year.

not sure that "buckling down" now will make that much difference really?

DS and I used the last few days to do maths questions together on topics he found trickier - but not sure that even that made any difference really?

fabfortysomething Tue 03-Jan-17 11:31:35

Does anyone have any rough idea of what the "pass mark" could be for these schools? And if it has changed over the last few years? Or even how big a difference there might be between the different schools? The schools obviously don't give anything away, but it would appear to me (only anecdotally) that there is more competition for independent places in the area despite Brexit fears etc.

villaoformen Tue 03-Jan-17 13:58:12

Sorry, didn't mean for my turn of phrase to cause offence. At the same time, I also don't believe that nothing can be achieved in a week - practicing timings can come a long way in that time. When we were going through this I found a lot of people who proclaimed to be taking it easy, really weren't. So I'm sticking by my previous advice (which incidentally did not advocate pressurising but practicing). Always found going in to an exam well prepared is a massive help to anyone's confidence.

Seeline Wed 04-Jan-17 09:13:33

I agree - buckling down should probably been happening over the last few months, not the last few days. Each child is different, but mine would have been massively stressed out by finding that they had over-run a timing, or got a lower mark than usual etc in the days before an exam. We just did a little bit in the last week, on specific areas which they wanted to look at. Relaxation is the key. Good luck everyone.

BoSelectaBigBiff Wed 04-Jan-17 10:16:35

Good luck to everyone going through the exams this week!

DS1 did the 10+ last year, and is now very happily settled at Trinity. Although he was really nervous when I dropped him off for the exams, both W and T worked very hard to make the days as non-scary as possible - they do look after them really well on the day.

Jige Wed 04-Jan-17 11:20:03

Nice to hear from some familiar mumsnetters!

Fleurdelacourt and Seeline - totally agree with you. Over the Xmas holidays we went over anything that DS was finding difficult and went over VR more for time and accuracy. Any new material in the last couple of weeks wouldn't have made any difference for my DS as it would have gone in one ear and out the other!

Villaoformen - you haven't offended anyone, I'm new to all this myself. You know your DS and how he works, everyone's DS is different.

BoSelectaBigBiff - thanks for your good wishes. Congrats on your DS getting into Trinity, good to hear that he is enjoying and thriving there.

I'm so very nervous, that I'm having trouble sleeping, on the plus side DS is calm as ever and is really looking forward to the actual day!

BoSelectaBigBiff Wed 04-Jan-17 11:56:01

Jige, I was more nervous than DS1 too. Although, my exam day nerves were nothing compared to results-letter-day nerves...

Jige Wed 04-Jan-17 12:39:02

BoSelectaBigBiff I can imagine that results day is probably more nerve-racking.

Forgot to mention I think DS is looking forward to what Whitgift serve up for lunch tomorrow more than anything else......priorities hey! 😭

BoSelectaBigBiff Wed 04-Jan-17 12:46:10

grin DS1 did say the food at Whitgift was "WAY better" than at his primary school!

Seeline Wed 04-Jan-17 15:12:11

Ah yes - what is served for lunch was far more important than the actual exam content when DS took his 10+ grin

11Eleven2017 Wed 04-Jan-17 17:28:44

Hi all... not sure how I missed this thread, but yep, count me in also!

Leeds2 Wed 04-Jan-17 20:32:09

Glad you have found the thread 11! I couldn't link it in my response to your previous thread as I don't know how to post links!

For the avoidance of doubt, I have an 18 year old university attending DD so no interest in Whitgift or Trinity at all, but I live near Whitgift so always read these threads with interest!

MrsPatmore Wed 04-Jan-17 21:59:36

Having started last years thread, I can't believe ds is about to take his exams now! We decided against Whitgift as realistically it's too far. Ds sitting for Dulwich on Monday and Alleyns later in the month. Completely lost momentum after the grammar school exams but ds has been doing timed papers in maths/vr/nvr. I'm quite anxious about the written comps as our focus has mostly been on multiple choice for the grammar tests.

How do you think the Grammars compare to Whitgift/Trinity/Dulwich schools on academics?

BoSelectaBigBiff Thu 05-Jan-17 06:46:01

mrspatmore, I know a lot of boys who were offered places at W/T at 10+, but didn't pass the SET or 2nd round 11+ for the Sutton grammars. I think generally (for the Sutton grammars at least) that they are more academic than the independents.

Good luck for the exams!

MrsPatmore Thu 05-Jan-17 17:30:48

Thanks Bo. How did it go for everyone today?

sbmum2017 Thu 05-Jan-17 17:31:09

my son appeared for the whitgift 10+ today. He found maths and essay the best for him but VR was tough he said and English grammar paper was just okay for him. He could not answer 3/4 questions at all from both and might be another 2-3 attempted but not confident .Any idea mums whose sons appeared today as to how they found the paper? was it tough in general or my ds struggled a bit .
he will appear for Trinity on Sat as well.

MrsPatmore Fri 06-Jan-17 11:28:48

Best of luck to all!

fabfortysomething Fri 06-Jan-17 15:28:46

Two down, one to go. And the wine fridge is not completely empty!

11Eleven2017 Fri 06-Jan-17 18:22:20

Only one left to go here also!
Anyone's DC do trinity today. DS found the comprehension difficult... anyone else?
Do you have to pass all papers? Concerned 😏

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