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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:46 pm 
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Congratulations to you all. Everyone I know at the school is very very happy there. DG


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:11 pm 
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Congratulations to you al! Is a great school, and week be even better in a couple of years with the new building planned. The new head seems dedicated, and has longstanding connections with the school can I ask how many sat the test this year? They usually give the total number of candidates with the ranking.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:44 am 
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421.

This seems low for such a popular, high achieving school.

How does this number compare with previous years? DG


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:00 am 
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Around the same number every year with the odd spike. The religious criteria are stringent even for many in Catholic primaries, and the school stresses the academic rigor at their speeches at open days, so really the pool becomes "top table" girls from schools all over London, mostly Catholic schools but also a small number from preps.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:43 am 
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Very few from my dd's school managed to gain a place this year. Not sure of the reasons. We normally have 8 at least from 60 but this year only 4 and 2 were just within 120.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:51 am 
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Interesting. Did perhaps some of the candidates that did better this year get a leg up in July by sitting Latymer and discovering weaknesses in VR and Maths which they then had plenty of time to fix before mid September? DG


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:29 am 
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Is your primary school one with M as an initial?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:10 am 
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Daogroupie wrote:
Interesting. Did perhaps some of them get a leg up in July by sitting Latymer and discovering weaknesses in VR and Maths which they then had plenty of time to fix before mid September? DG

No, I think maybe you've misunderstood my post, my dd's school was less successful this year. I think it was tough. My dd said (not sure how reliable she is though!) that the VR was far more difficult at St M but that the maths was easier. She also said that the NVR was very pressured and fast. She found the text for the comprehension more accessible at Latymer but then she had read the book.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:37 pm 
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Sorry I was not clear enough.

What I meant was the reason some did better than others was because they had started preparing earlier and then sat Latymer and discovered shortcomings in VR and Maths in the test and had over eight weeks to fix them.

Did all the dds that applied from your school sit Latymer? DG


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:48 pm 
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All did both and some who got through to second round have not passed St M. All these tests are tough imo.


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