I'm thinking of looking at Emanuel for dd1, in a couple of years' time, as an alternative to our local comp. She's at a local state primary at the moment, and I'm wondering - did you tutor for Emanuel? It sounds as though its got harder to get into/more popular recently?
I have to say, everyone I know who knows a child there say they are so happy...really hope your ds makes it in, I know how much thought you've put in to this whole process.
Hi Elibean, I'm not quint, and I don't yet know the result from today's exam...but we didn't hire a tutor. DH and I prepared him at home, with some practice papers and internet research. We knew that Emanuel wasn't one of the "tough impossible exam" schools and we trusted his attainment levels at school were an indication that we didn't need to pay a tutor...at 45/hour! Hope we were right!
Hi Elibean, I am Quint. Ds has seen a tutor for a year, but that was more because we wanted to bridge the gaps between his Norwegian and English education. Goodness knows how it went today. Ds felt happy, so I know he did his best.
This morning after DH had taken him I was thinking "What am I doing, I must be a horrible parent, letting my son go through something like this, when there is a chance that he may not get in anywhere." It is a good job though that the school he rates highest, is not independent, and he has a real chance of getting in. Non in our area though, all involves a great deal of travel.
It is difficult, most of all I want to just go back to Norway and put my head in the sand and put up with Free Mediocre Education for all. <sigh>
I am not sure how necessary it is to tutor for independent school 11+ entrance, but some of the children in ds' class has been tutored 3 hours per week since year 4.... This does not seem quite right to me.
Thanks, Hardboiled - and good luck, really hope it went well!
Do you mind me asking whether trusting attainment levels means something in the region of L5s?? dd is only in Y4, and is expected to get 5s at the moment, but she is not really academically motivated. Art/design do it for her, but getting her to try hard and make an effort for anything else is not always easy!
I have a lovely Norwegian mum-friend at dds' school, she feels much the same as you! Good that your ds has his own preference, and that its all optimistic - though shame about the travel.
None of dd's Y4 class are being tutored apart from dd and one friend, just to catch up with maths bits they missed (which dd has already more than done). I suppose I'd have gone for one year of verbal/non-verbal reasoning, which the state primaries don't do, but not much more than that
dd is begging to be allowed a break from tutoring as it is (although she loves her tutor, just doesn't understand why she needs to do more maths homework than her friends when she is in the top set: the schools system here makes no more sense to her than it does to me - and I'm half Brit!!).
Anyway...let us know how it goes for ds, and everything crossed for you. And hardboiled. And any other SW parents worrying this week.
Re the clothes - at DD's exam on Saturday most children were in casual trousers, jeans, leggings, sweatpants with t-shirts and hoodies or long tunic tops. Didn't really see anyone dressed up or particularly smart as such. Just saw an awful lot of Hollister, Jack Wills and Abercrombie tbh, lol!
DD's exam seemed to go well. She did her best - nothing more to do but sit and wait now.
At City of London boys yesterday, most DS's in ordinary clothes, chinos, jeans, etc. a few in uniform, but v small minority. One - poor boy- in his rust coloured knickerbockers, knee high high socks and cravat!
Don't feel too bad for the Knickerbocker boy! He's from Hill House, who send half a dozen there every year- and they don't select or test on entry. DS had a 13+ exam for another school on Saturday and although he left there 4 years ago wished he could wear the uniform to identify his old class mates. As it was he found 4 of them in home clothes.