2016 – That was the year that was
Dec30

2016 – That was the year that was

2016 has been a funny old year. There’s been the shock of countless celebrity deaths – from David Bowie and George Michael to Victoria Wood and Caroline Aherne. Then there was the shock of people voting for Britain to leave the EU. I have yet to meet someone who actually voted for that. Leicester City, the football team I’ve supported all my life, became Premier League champions. And, just to round off the weird...

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The grammar school test – she did it!
Oct10

The grammar school test – she did it!

We’d tried to put the results of the grammar school test out of our heads. We had the panto auditions to look forward to take our minds off it for a while and lots of school stuff to keep us busy. But the last week before the results went very slowly indeed. There was a lot of thinking going on. I’d resigned myself to the fact that my daughter wouldn’t be going to her brother’s school. It was always a very long...

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The grammar school test – how did it go?
Sep15

The grammar school test – how did it go?

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous about my daughter sitting the grammar school entrance exam. I think most parents are. It wasn’t about the questions. What would be would be on that front. If they were too hard and she wasn’t able to answer them, that would be a fair assessment of her abilities and she wouldn’t be good enough for grammar school. But she had worked hard in the run-up to the test, doing some...

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Project 366 Week 36
Sep10

Project 366 Week 36

It’s been a busy week with school, work and getting our new downstairs toilet put in. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 248 – Sunday 4th September – the day got off to a bad start, with a phone call from my husband to say he’d had a bike crash. He’s bruised and bloody, but he’s basically OK. Thank goodness! Day 249 – Monday 5th September – my eldest and my daughter went back...

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Grammar school test – ups and downs
Aug30

Grammar school test – ups and downs

It’s just a few weeks until my daughter sits her grammar school entrance exam/ 11+/ whatever you want to call it. I suspect I’ve written about it less than I did for my son, who sat it two years ago. It’s no less important than it was for my son but, like many things in the parenting journey, there’s an element of having been there before, so it doesn’t feel like I need to write about it so much. But of...

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