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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:29 am 
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Hi
The 11+ isn't far away. I like the look of this school but don't know much about it. We are out of the Bournemouth catchment for BSG. I just wondered whether anyone knows much about how hard it is to gain a place? I'm aware places like Kent have regular grammars and also the super selective. As there is only one grammar option, does that mean BSG is harder to get in to?

Are there many others on this forum for BSG? It would be interesting to hear your views on the school or admission process.

Many thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:04 am 
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Welcome!

I'm afraid I am not familiar with our area but if you search previous thread in the Dorset forum there have been some previous applicants whose information may be of use to you. Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:11 pm 
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Would love to be able to help but this is alll new to us too. I fear this year might well see their highest numbers ever taking the test. I can't believe how many children we know who plan on taking it, many of them have surprised us as well but their families value education very highly and they have all been being tutored for a long time. Just read another post where someone said their daughter didn't get in this year with a score of 316 but the scores are all a bit of a mystery to me, I have no idea what people generally get.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:32 pm 
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Thanks for your reply 2112. It's nice to hear from Someone. It's difficult to speak to other parents that are entering their children for the 11+ locally. It's seems a bit cloak and dagger at times!

Oh dear! High numbers of applicants? That doesn't sound great!

Despite being out of Bournemouth, I've heard of lots of people going for it too. Darn those parents that value their children's educations! :lol:

I might have a look at the other 11+ areas and see what scores they are successful with and see how the 316 compares.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:47 am 
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Bournemouth is always popular as so many of the secondary schools in town are pretty rubbish. I don't know that my daughter is even going to bother taking the exam, she only mentioned it last week so she doesn't even know what verbal reasoning is. Sadly she is very clever so ought to have a chance but the tutoring obsession in the area probably rules her out as she hadn't been. I never was when I did it and I don't think it is right as then they will struggle to keep up. If you are out of catchment then your local secondary might not be too bad. Ringwood is supposed to be excellent, highcliffe and QE I have heard very good things about so all is not lost if she doesn't get the grammar if you are near one of those.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:45 am 
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We are in Hampshire and we do have good schools locally, so you are right, it's not a big problem if she doesn't get in. I need reminding of that sometimes!
Highcliffe is also an option. I really liked the look of that school too. It's had a recent change of head apparently though so I don't know if that will mean anything changes?


Yes, it's frustrating about all the tutoring. However there are some that do it themselves.

As it's approaching I am finding it all a bit stressful. I keep that from my daughter though. It must be even harder for those in Bournemouth that have been working towards this for years though! :shock:


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