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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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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The girls’ grammar school
Apr27

The girls’ grammar school

For a long time, since she was in year 2 or even earlier, I’ve had a very clear view of which school my daughter would go to – a girls’ grammar school. The school in question is in another town. From what I can make out, it’s a good school. While some parents undoubtedly choose it for their daughters, for others it is definitely a ‘second best’ for those who don’t get into my son’s...

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The grammar school test and the maths
Jan26

The grammar school test and the maths

It’s hard to believe it, but my daughter will sit the grammar school entrance exam this year. Hard to believe because her big brother only started at grammar school in September. But it’s really going to happen and we need to help her prepare for it. I know people have very mixed views on grammar schools, but my view is this. They are available in this area and they suit two of my kids. (We took the decision when my eldest...

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