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Private school but 5s,6,7,8S gcse results ?

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ROZ12 Sat 24-Aug-19 01:28:47

Hi all

I feel proud of my dd for achieving all passes but part of me feels disappointed with the school as I paid so much money and expected her to get 7-9s. Am I being silly? I feel like the classic photo of the girls getting all 9s should have been my dd. At least their investment paid off .

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TheFrendo Sat 24-Aug-19 01:38:42

Maybe your investment has paid off. It could be that the school has improved your daughter's grades over what would have been achieved at state school x. Or maybe not. Does your school publish progress data like there is for state schools?

didkdt Sat 24-Aug-19 02:04:38

Private schools aren't all hot houses or academically selective
They are schools full of children and young people.
They can help her grow and develop and get the best out of her.
The thing I'd say is of these grades were a shock to you then youd have more of a valid complaint possibly.

Owensarmadillo Sat 24-Aug-19 08:12:39

Were you not made aware of the grades your Dd was likely to achieve beforehand? Usually you can tell what ball park you are in from attainment and targets along the way . She would have had predicted grades surely ?
What was her prior attainment like? Perhaps they have improved her outcomes?
If she enjoyed her school, was happy there and has done well enough to go on to what she wants to do next, then I would say it sounds like a successful outcome.
Well done to your Dd! .. great results there smile

Hoooo Sat 24-Aug-19 08:18:32

My son got the same grades...8s, 7s, 6s, 5s.

I'm incredibly proud of him.

And all at a state school! smile

Surely the private school gave you regular updates on your dds progress? We got one half termly for ds.

Is she a "PHA"? (Previous high attainer)?

What were her mock grades like?

Is your dd happy with the results?

The UK has thd most politized education system in the world. Don't fall for Michael Gove's "new" grades.

A 7 is an A! Are we really telling our kids an A is no longer a good grade???

8s and 9s are simply a figment of a tory twats fevered imagination.

Go and celebrate with your dd!

missyB1 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:22:59

It’s just GCSEs, she’s passed them and that’s all that matters. Forget what other kids got that’s irrelevant. And she may well have done far worse in a state school so actually your investment might have paid off.
My ds is in a private school but we aren’t doing that to try and buy top results.

TryingAndFailing39 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:24:52

It depends on her ability and predicted grades. I work in an independent school and loads of students will get all 9s but equally as many will get 6,7 and 8 because of course even in private and selective schools, ability (and work ethic) vary immensely. She may have benefitted from that type of education in other ways. She may have achieved higher there than if she’d been at a state school - but obviously you’ll never know that. They are still good grades and I’d celebrate with her but also chat to her about how she feels. If she feels she didn’t work hard enough then it is a lesson learnt before a-levels.
(Just to add I often think about the money I invest in my dc’s school so do have empathy x)

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 24-Aug-19 08:28:48

I paid so much money and expected her to get 7-9s.

I work in an independent school and we dread parents like you, who think that the fact they are paying will somehow miraculously make their child brighter or more hard-working than they would have been had they gone to a state school.

I'll be kind, and give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that her school predicted her straight 9s/ that she got straight 9s in the mocks and you are now understandably wondering what went wrong in the real thing?

MsTSwift Sat 24-Aug-19 08:29:18

Anecdotally the kids with the really high grades round here seem to be at the academic state schools.
The private schools do have better sports so I would imagine that’s the main reason to go private

ROZ12 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:29:38

Yes we did receive progress updates, she always struggled to be honest . Her grades are a big achievement compared to the level she began with, year 6 sats levels 4-5 . Yes she did enjoy the school etc and we did celebrate her results . Just heard a few comments that she could have achieved those grades in state school . I have to say thou, the amount they pushed her in this school I don’t believe this would have happened in state. She was in bottom sets for everything and I’ve seen the lack of enthusiasm in some states in those sets in some states. I believe it was worth it, as where I live the states have many issues which the private didn’t and for a shy timid girl, the small class sizes and family friendly atmosphere has helped her grow confident.

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TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sat 24-Aug-19 08:31:33

Your most recent post makes utter nonsense of your OP confused

We're teachers; we're not magicians hmm

Gazelda Sat 24-Aug-19 08:31:53

So all in all, your DD's school has been a huge benefit to her. So it's not wasted money.

Quartz2208 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:32:05

First of loads of children don’t get all 9s. 837 pupils did out of 500000 people taking 0.2%.

Then reread your last post and actually see how much of an achievement her grades were.

BikeRunSki Sat 24-Aug-19 08:34:18

I believe it was worth it, as where I live the states have many issues which the private didn’t and for a shy timid girl, the small class sizes and family friendly atmosphere has helped her grow confident.

Then what’s the problem?

MsTSwift Sat 24-Aug-19 08:35:15

Dds state school is extremely proactive with less academic girls my friends dd has been given amazing support. Their results are just as good as the local girls private school. Don’t run down state schools to justify your choices please hmm

Twopencepenny Sat 24-Aug-19 08:35:42

To put it bluntly - You can’t buy intelligence OP, I’m sure your daughter is bright as she’s achieved good results and it sounds like the school has helped her massively. Focus on the achievements she’s had rather than what she cannot compete with.

Hoooo Sat 24-Aug-19 08:36:19

Your dd did much better than expected and the school was good for her and she enjoyed her time there?
So, what, exactly, is the problem?

ROZ12 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:37:41


No she wasn’t predicted all
9s but was predicted double AA in science and Spanish achieved Bs. She did do the Igcses thou? Are these harder?? As you work in private school why do you think parents place their children there? If not go achieve high grades?

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LatteLove Sat 24-Aug-19 08:37:52


No matter how much you paid for her education, they can’t make her more intelligent than she is. Surely you must realise that?

LatteLove Sat 24-Aug-19 08:39:03

And please don’t voice any of this to her, or you’ll risk really fucking her up.

DuckWillow Sat 24-Aug-19 08:39:27

She’s done amazingly well and I am glad you are proud of her.
Think of school as giving her more than just an education, she’s made friends, probably benefitted from better facilities and surroundings.

Her results are amazing

Teachermaths Sat 24-Aug-19 08:40:29

You can't buy grades.

You have paid for what you thought was the best chance for her to get the best grades she is capable of.

You will never know what grades she would have got at state school.

Move on.

Hoooo Sat 24-Aug-19 08:41:29

Igcses are regarded as easier.

Which is wht so many peovate schools offer them!

ROZ12 Sat 24-Aug-19 08:41:31


I did say states in my area not all states, I’ve got friend’s children who Attend and have told me this, I do know of many states out of my area which are really supportive .

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Hoooo Sat 24-Aug-19 08:42:17

Cannot be more pleased with my sons state school.

The teachers care so much about their pupils.

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