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OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 19:19:45

here we are.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 19:21:50

old thread here

back later!

FantasyAndHope Wed 31-Aug-16 19:26:09

Gosh we've come far

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 19:54:59

we have!!

Nice that some of our dc are starting to find out what they will be doing come next week smile

dd had an email from her second choice sixth form asking her to reconsider accepting them. No chance! dd is happy with her place.

Flowersandthorns Wed 31-Aug-16 20:06:33


Can I come and join you? My DS is due to start a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering but has had a change of heart and wants to do a course based more in the construction industry. He has an interview next week and depending on who he speaks to there may or may not be a place come his interview. I think he will just be glad when he knows for sure what he will be doing but is really hoping for the new course. And so the uncertainty continues.....

FantasyAndHope Wed 31-Aug-16 20:14:08

DD is desperate to see her timetable but won't see it till next Tuesday. We have subjects confirmed. Hard to believe this time last week DD couldn't sleep or eat as she was fretting about results

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 20:20:30

of course you can join us Flowers, welcome! good luck to your ds, it sounds like he is at a real crossroads. I hope the interview goes well. It's difficult to not have a clue what will happen next. Makes it very hard to plan.

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Wed 31-Aug-16 20:27:59


EllenJanethickerknickers Wed 31-Aug-16 20:34:48

DS2 enrolled today at college but only after we got home (after 2 hours of seeing 10 different sets of people) I realised that at stage 7 (!) with finance people his course seemed to have changed from a level 3 diploma moving to an extended diploma in Y13 (worth 3 A levels) to a subsidiary diploma (only worth 1 A level.)

By the time I realised and rang them it was 20 minutes before the end of the day and the student support lady couldn't get to the bottom of it.

It was very busy there, they have a huge number of students starting and enrolment goes on until Tuesday. Today was computing, catering and something else beginning with C!

I'm sure it's just an error, because he's easily met the requirements. But he has ASD and an EHCP and the uncertainty over it has caused him a lot of anxiety. We're not sure his timetable is right now as that was step 9! So he's not even sure when he starts. I would imagine this subsidiary diploma will be less hours.

I go back to work tomorrow (at a secondary school) so won't be able to visit to sort it out. Everything will have to be done by email and phone, but I'm so busy at work in September it will be tricky to find the time during the day.

I know it's fairly minor but it's not to DS2. sad

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 20:40:52

That's not minor Ellen, it sounds like a bit of a nightmare and would make even the most sanguine of teens anxious.

228agreenend Wed 31-Aug-16 20:42:55

So we braved the further ed forum then.

228agreenend Wed 31-Aug-16 20:50:56

Would you like the good news or bad news. The good news is that ds got two,of his remarked scores and maths went from an A to A*. English stayed the same (French hasn't come back yet). Ds literally whooped with joy (and so did I when I realised I'd get one lot of refund).

The bad news is that it means he has enough points (just) to return to his old school, so,ds is in a quandary again. Does he return to the famaliar super selective academic school (further away) where he is one of the lower ability, or,go to the nearer, academic school (also grammar) which he doesn't know, and probably will be in the top third of cohorts. As he said, it was easier when the decesion was made for him.

Ellenjane - I hope you manage to sort everything out soon
Welcome Flower. The uncertainty is horrible, isn't it.

Shineyshoes10 Wed 31-Aug-16 20:54:57

Ellen shock that wouldn't be minor for any DC yet alone one with ASD. Hope you manage to sort it quickly.

Exit wine I'm predicting we may need some in coming year.

228 difficult decision.

DD2 is wobbling over further maths, worried she won't cope.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 20:57:55

Wow 228, that was quick!!!! Dds teacher has disappeared from email so we still don't know wether she is going to go for a remark or not yet. Difficult decision but big congrats to your ds!

shiney, I can't remember (or perhaps don't know!) how your dd did in her GCSE maths?

FantasyAndHope Wed 31-Aug-16 21:01:11

That would shake DD up massively and she's not ASD. Hugs and I hope you get it sorted. With large quantities of students there's no wonder mistakes are made. cake
Have a chat? Where is his heart saying to go? Maybe he needs a change? Some of DDs friends have being at her school since 3 months old and have moved. And yes you read 3 months old Correct

Shineyshoes10 Wed 31-Aug-16 21:11:59

OYBBK she got an A* in maths and an A in additional maths. Everyone keeps telling her it's really difficult and not to do it which has resulted in a confidence crisis.

228agreenend Wed 31-Aug-16 21:17:26

Can she start both and drop one if she finds it difficult?

TheSecondOfHerName Wed 31-Aug-16 21:19:04

New thread title makes it seem real that they're not in Y11 anymore.

Welcome to Flowers.

228 I think he should go with which one feels right. Sorry, that's not super helpful, is it?

Operation readiness-for-A-level-Maths is about 40% complete. DS has gone out with friends this evening and will do some more tomorrow. He grasps concepts quickly but forgets them almost as quickly and so he doesn't have much confidence in his ability.

cloudyday99 Wed 31-Aug-16 21:22:58

228 You've had remarks back already? That's fast

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Aug-16 21:24:55

shiney, with those grades absolutely she should do it. If not her, then who is it designed for?

HesMyLobster Wed 31-Aug-16 21:27:03

Ooh shiny new thread! Thankyou!

Ellen that sounds awful, your poor ds, I hope it is just a mistake and can be cleared up quickly.

228 That was so fast! Brilliant news on the maths, well done your ds! I know he now has a difficult decision ahead, but so good that he now has the choice that was taken away from him.

Flowers good luck to your ds for his interview, hope it goes the way he wants.

Shiney her teacher should be able to give her a pretty honest answer (to me it sounds like she just needs a confidence boost with those results!) Either way, it is probably a good idea to start the course and see how it goes.

Thinking back to this time last week - it feels like a long time ago already!

raspberryrippleicecream Wed 31-Aug-16 21:33:30

I went up to school for a blood donor session today, remarkably stress free as my last 2 visits were for A level and GCSE results!

Everything is very calm here. DD says she will decide about FM depending on who else is doing it. It will be a fifth AS for her, so it is totally her decision.

Good luck to all those still trying to get sorted.

Flowersandthorns Wed 31-Aug-16 21:39:29

Thank you for the welcome. I will just be glad when it is this time next week and all is sorted.
Ellen - that sounds very frustrating. I'm sure it is just an admin error.
228 although it presents another issue at least you have a successful remark. From what I have read these are harder to come by this year.
I have had a serious talk with my 14 y.o. DD about GCSES today. I'm not sure the reality of them actually hit until I was waiting in the car for DS to come out with his! She needs motivating! Oh to have toddlers again...

Shineyshoes10 Wed 31-Aug-16 21:46:31

Thanks everyone. I too think it is confidence (she's a perfectionist) and she'd cope fine but she's too busy worrying to listen to anyone except those being negative.

Good idea about contacting her maths teacher hes. I'm sure they'll say she should stick with it. I'm going to get her to email.

MsMermaid Wed 31-Aug-16 21:50:14

Shiney As a maths teacher I'd say that she will be fine doing Further maths with those GCSE results. I'd even go as far as to say that with those results the normal A-level Maths will be quite easy for her as long as she's willing to work hard (quite a bit of it is revision of the A* GCSE content), so she'll need the Further Maths to provide a bit more challenge. Who is telling her not to do it?

Ellen That doesn't sound minor, it would stress me out, and dd would be stressed about it too. Hope you get it sorted soon.

228 brilliant news for your ds.

Flower I hope everything goes well for your ds at his interview.

We are all set for starting now, nothing more to sort out. All equipment has been bought, all homework done, timetable written down (and laminated because dd is a stationery geek hmm). I go back to work tomorrow sad INSET days tomorrow and Friday, then the kids arrive on Monday.

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