It is just over a week since the results of the 11+ or Kent Test were released, and I have heard now from most (7 out of 9) of the families whose children in Year 5 and 6 the Centre helped to prepare.
As always there were some disappointments – but only one instance of what appeared to be an anomalous shortfall in marks – quite unrepresentative of the child whose progress and abilities we had seen over the 8 months leading up to September. In this case I shall strongly support an appeal
The 5 that did pass were, I think, rightly selected, including (especially) a girl not naturally gifted in Maths but a real worker, who – so she and her mother claimed – tended to suffer extremely from examination nerves.
Of course, the Kent Test should not be the be-all and end-all of tuition in Year 5; though it is, inevitably, difficult to keep a sense of proportion about it as the year advances. Year 5, like all other school years, should be about enjoying reading, enjoying writing, enjoying discovery of patterns in numbers and shapes; in short, enjoying all subjects, interests and activities. This is the message that the chaotic tables of books at the entrance to the Centre are intended to support. Rummage, make your choice and borrow freely!