My two boys sat the initial assessment back in October and were invited back this week - as their maths results were borderline. By all accounts they managed to impress yesterday and so I am more than hopeful that they will be invited to the residential assessment in January.
Whatever happens in January I know they will have a brilliant time. I'm not going to overwork them beforehand but want them to be prepared for what might come up.
If any recent parents are willing to provide insights and guidance for what is to come I would be one happy bunny.
Good luck to any prospective parents who have found this forum. The humour and level of support are welcome in equal measure!
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We didn't do any prep for the Jan residential, apart from going through the maths exam paper on the website, although I think we did that before the Oct exam.
Be aware that they are assessed all the time they are there, even the boys who are helping are asked their opinion.
Good luck to your 2
I have been lurking for a little while and didn't have the courage to start this thread, so thank you studiorex! My dd is also through to the January assessment and I got the dreaded financial forms off today - as well as the applicants' questionnaire, on which I let her loose unsupervised and the less said about the better - apparently I am vague and the cat is evil (both of which, when I thought about it, are actually true).
But anyway, this forum was a great source of information (and comfort) to me during the agonising wait for the results of the October test. I'm trying (and failing) not to be too neurotic about it all. It would be good to have some other nervous parents to share the journey with, as well as people who understand what an incredible and life-changing opportunity this would be for their child. I'm getting a bit tired of being judged for wanting to 'send my child away' like I'm doing it because I'm elitist, don't like her, can't cope or am too lazy to take care of her myself.
As for the January assessment, I don't think there's too much that can be done as regards the academic stuff at this stage. If she's bright enough to get in, she will and if it's not right for her she won't… the main thing I'm focussing on with her right now is manners and looking adults in the eye when they're talking to her, *sigh*.
'I don't know how you can do it' is what I was told so many times with regards to DS going to a boarding school. Making me feel like an uncaring, cold parent. And every time I would answer that I wasn't 'sending' him, he really wants to go. Even now, I get the occasional 'oh it's all right for you, no homework to deal with' and 'you have it easy'.I'm getting a bit tired of being judged for wanting to 'send my child away' like I'm doing it because I'm elitist, don't like her, can't cope or am too lazy to take care of her myself.
My DS is in his second year and loving CH. Thriving I would say, so totally the right decision for him. Which I am more than happy to tell those who made the 'sending away' remarks! (possibly with the slightest bit of smirk on my face )
Best of luck to your DD.
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"We heard back from CH today," said in a serious tone, "your brother has been invited back."
"And so have you!"
It was plain to see from their reactions whether they want to go or not.
We've always felt it important to find the right school, not necessarily the best one, for our children. You don't need research to tell you that happy children achieve more than unhappy ones.
I've only had one friend comment that they couldn't send their child to boarding school, but they know that we would only be doing so because we love our boys and they understand how hard it will be. Comments from non friends or family don't count.
Thank you all for the helpful insights and good luck to any lurk ears out ther, known or otherwise.
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