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chalkyc2 Wed 06-Nov-19 09:10:35

Does anyone have recent experience? We are south London based and have been looking more locally, but have widened our net and I'm interested in CLB. Of course 11+ application deadline is next Friday and we've long missed the only open days they do in September!

If anyone has a general low down on the school (and maybe how it compares to the South London independents!) would be really useful!

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chalkyc2 Thu 16-Jan-20 09:40:57

Anyone else waiting on the results of the 11+ exams held on Monday? 800 boys!

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FOVapa Thu 16-Jan-20 10:45:03

We are expecting them today or tomorrow, most likely tomorrow with more than 800 boys, that is a lot to mark.

Do you know how many make it to the interview?

chalkyc2 Thu 16-Jan-20 14:10:08

No I'm really not sure. Think it's a long shot for us but fingers crossed!

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londonista1 Thu 16-Jan-20 17:46:15

Previously it's been 200 for interview and 150 offers for 55-60 places, although that went wrong a couple of years ago when about 80 accepted and they had to form an extra class (no CLSG-style exploding offers), so maybe they've tightened up a bit.

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 09:42:10

Yes, @chalkyc2 I'm waiting to hear and feel sick with the anticipation, though I'm not sure ds has much chance as apparently he only did half the maths questions! 🙄

chalkyc2 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:01:41

Ah you never know @leeloo1! I reckon they won't come through until much later today. Do you have other options?

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leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:09:08

You're probably right @chalkyc2, but it's just so nerve-wracking! I shouldn't have put the dates we'd (probably) hear from schools in my calendar, as obsessively checking my emails isn't helping my stress levels!

We applied to Westminster and St Paul's too although ds didn't do well enough in the iseb to sit the second round of exams for St Paul's, so are waiting to hear from them next week. Do you have any other options?

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:09:34

And how did your son find the exams/exam day?

chalkyc2 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:12:04

He said it was the hardest one he sat (harder than St Olaves, mum!). We're in deepest south London so the others are all local to us - Eltham College, Trinity and Colfes. This was always a bit of a long shot in many ways!

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leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:30:53

Bless him, it was such a long day as well! I didn't collect mine, so by the time he got home he didn't want to talk much, but he said he'd finished the vr and nvr, found maths hard "there weren't many questions, but they all had parts a-g" and he said the comprehension was hard and dull!

Tbh when he tried to do their sample paper, on a tale of two cities, I thought it was extremely hard - and I have an MA in English lit! 😂

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:31:51

When do you hear about the local schools? Fingers crossed for those too. 🙂

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:33:23

Darn, just heard its a no from city for us. Oh well, at least I know.

FOVapa Fri 17-Jan-20 10:42:40

It is a no for us too. DS found it the hardest, English hard and did not managed to finish NVR

chalkyc2 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:44:33

And a no for us too! Ah well! At least not waiting the whole day.

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Tot98 Fri 17-Jan-20 10:53:09

It’s a no for us too! DS said NVR was really hard.

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 11:41:52

@FOVapa - ds said it was harder than Westminster, which seemed ironic!

Commiserations to all the boys who didn't make it. I'm hoping ds won't be too disappointed with the news.

Binterested Fri 17-Jan-20 11:46:57

No here as well. DD is at CLSG so it would have been a nice simple solution for us as a family. No from Merchant Taylor’s too. I think it’s v tough.

chalkyc2 Fri 17-Jan-20 11:49:50

Does anyone know anyone who did get an interview?!?

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FOVapa Fri 17-Jan-20 11:56:37

@ leeloo1 My DS also found it harder than Westminster too! fingers crossed for next week results, for us Alleyns and Westminster and DC interview tomorrow.

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 11:58:11

I know one boy who got a 10+ place, Sept 19, he was very self assured and had had a lot of tutoring and paused all extra curricular activities... But it obviously paid off. We didn't go down the tutoring route, just did some past papers, perhaps I'm hindsight we should have found a tutor?

chalkyc2 Fri 17-Jan-20 12:00:56

Huh I don't know - I don't want DS at a school that he can only access via extensive tutoring and no sports/activities etc - it wouldn't be the right place for him. Let hope we can find the right place though....!!

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leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 12:04:01

@FOVapa - I'm glad your ds agreed. When ds said it was straightforward I did worry he'd missed a trick question somewhere! 😂 I wonder if because Westminster already have the iseb test results they can be a bit kinder?

Good luck to your ds for his other interview tmrw and fingers crossed for happier Westminster emails next week!

leeloo1 Fri 17-Jan-20 12:09:43

"I don't want DS at a school that he can only access via extensive tutoring and no sports/activities etc"

That was exactly my feeling - if you need so much tutoring then it isn't the right school... But if a big enough group of parents do extensively tutor then I guess it skews the chances of the 'bright but not tutored' kids?

Poor children with so much pressure on them!

confusedmumofboys Sat 18-Jan-20 19:23:32

Hi I know 2 mums with boys who have interviews. I was very disappointed my son didnt get through although practically my husband didnt think it was the right school location wise. My son found VR a bit tricky but was happy with the rest. He is not tutored unlike the boy who did get through. I had always thought City was the school for the naturally inquisitive children but realise it has changed a lot. I also believe if they do not get through it isn't the right school for the child.

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