I have been utterly convinced of my younger son’s quite astonishing intelligence since he was 18 months old. I know people find that hard to believe – and I’m sure plenty of people thought I was just ‘showing off’. But he was an early talker and, even from that age, there was an incredible amount of thought and logic in what he said. I’m pleased to say that, in all that time, he has never once proved me wrong. My son is a very clever boy.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was at 18 months that I knew his destiny was to go to the local grammar school, which also happens to be one of the top state schools in the country.
Regular readers will know I’ve been stressing about this for a while, worrying about the test. I knew for certain he was meant to be there, but there’s no telling how a child might react on the day – what if he crumbles or what if he accidentally misses a whole bunch of questions without realising? There’s also no telling what the competition will be and how much additional tutoring they will have had to raise their game to way above where it would naturally be. Although he came out of the exam quite confidently, I was still worried. There were an awful lot of kids who sat that test.
I’d geared up for results today, then on Friday morning I heard they would actually come by email on Friday afternoon.
At 5 past 4 I felt the vibration of my phone which said ’email’. There was an email from his second choice school – saying he was in the top 108 out of 776 boys who had put the school down as a potential choice. But what did this mean? Did this mean he’d come in the overall top 120 and would be admitted to our preferred school, or not? I was confused.
But there was another email. From the preferred school.
THIS was the email we’d been waiting for – ‘I am writing with good news about the performance of X in the the entrance exam. As X was ranked in the top 120 placed students and there are 120 places for the new year 7 in 2015 this information about ranking is very important and very positive news.
‘On Monday 2nd March 2015, 120 places will be allocated strictly according to rank order to those for whom School Y is their first effective preference… ‘
I tried to read the email out loud, but I couldn’t. It just made me cry.
So although he won’t be offered a place until March, we have all the information we need. We KNOW he can get into the school. That’s all I wanted to know – there’s no uncertainty now.
My brilliant boy has done it!
I am so proud of him.