Applying for Secondary School

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Well it’s brand new territory for me, my eldest is in year 6 of primary school now and it’s time to choose a secondary school. Neither me or my husband grew up in the area we now live in, so we are somewhat clueless as to which school is best. Add that with the outdated Kent system of grammar schools and I’m tearing my hair out!

At the end of the last academic year we had to decide whether to put him in for the Kent test, aka the 11 plus. We decided to put him in for it, although he’s been borderline for his literacy. I thought if he passes, it gives him more options, but if he fails, it’s no big deal.

We are actually in quite a fortunate position, as the local non grammar school is very good, and there is also a brand new STEM school opening next year which he has the option to go to. The choice makes it harder!

William struggles with too much choice and making decisions so it’s going to be hard for him. We will have to guide him, hopefully in the right direction. We went to one school open evening so far, which was very overwhelming. Secondary schools are much bigger, with more buildings and stairs! My head was spinning afterwards. School has moved on since I went for sure. I was very impressed with the facilities. I certainly wouldn’t be unhappy if he went there. He has also been to a taster day at another non grammar, a little further away. I have no idea how I’m going to manage next year with children at different schools.

We have a way to go, we get the results of the 11+ in a couple of weeks, we also have four more schools to visit and then we have to pick four to apply for by the end of October. Then, it’s a wait until the beginning of March to find out what school they get. It’s going to be a nerve wracking time, I’m sure by the time I do it with Daniel I will be more blase about it. October is going to be a busy month, that’s for sure. I’m attempting a blog a day in October, not necessary autumn themed. I welcome your topic ideas, leave a suggestion in the comment or come say hi on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @midwifeandlife.

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October 1, 2019
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8 Comments

  • Reply Jo

    Good luck with Blogtober and your school choices #Blogtober.

    October 1, 2019 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Kim Carberry

    It’s such a big choice. With my girls we only had the choice of 2 schools and as they were in an academy school they just followed through to the secondary school. Good luck with the visits and to William with the 11+ test x
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    October 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you!

      October 2, 2019 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Maisie

    I’m years away from this choice yet, but good luck with everything!
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    October 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    It’s such a big decision isn’t it, I’m glad we have a few more years before we have to deal with it! I hope you manage to find a school that’s the right fit for him. x

    October 1, 2019 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply fee

    Its funny how the system is different in Scotland to England, I know exactly what school my son will go in 2 years time so thankfully don’t need to apply. Good luck with the visits and test results, and I look forward to reading your blogtober posts over the course of the month 🙂
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    October 2, 2019 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Kate Holmes

    Parenting is one challenge and milestone after another. The good mums are those like you are question themselves and just keep on keeping on. Wishing you and your all the best as you move forwards. I home educate and wobble all the time! #Blogtober19

    October 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Kirsty

    My eldest is in year four and I am already nervous about the prospect of secondary school. It seems like such a big decision. Good luck with it all. #blogtober19

    October 3, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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