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 Post subject: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:40 am 
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Received my letters with timings today, all getting a bit real and scary now! :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:56 am 
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Was this by post?

I agree, it is getting awfully close!


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 pm 
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6.5 weeks.

Still enough time to make a difference.

Best wishes to all those sitting on 1st and 3rd Sept. DG


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:46 pm 
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Admissions lady said at open day today that 1150 have applied for the exams.


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
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825 of these applicants will not go through to the second round as there are only 325 places in the second round.

What did parents think of the speeches this year? DG


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:49 am 
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We attended the DAO Open Day yesterday and found the whole arrangement to be a bit chaotic compared to how smooth things were at QE boys.

The Heads speech didnt impress much this bit the one she gave in October open day last year was really good.

I'd be interested to know how the others felt too.

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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:45 am 
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I've not been to a QE open day as only have DDs so I can't compare but we thought yesterday was relaxed and very welcoming and friendly. My DD and I did a tour last year so we decided (DH joined this year) just to wander around ourselves. Much better! Most classrooms we visited we managed to avoid the tours and therefore were able to talk to the teachers and students easily. Maybe that is why we didn't find it chaotic?

Attended the Headteacher's speech last year so avoided the hot hall to hear it again this year.

Will be going to an October open day.


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:52 am 
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The Head's speech certainly had a lot of emphasis on "is this the right school for your child?", "unashamedly academic, not vocational", limited SEN support etc.
It's still our first choice. We love the grounds and facilities - concert hall, science labs, sports pitches, cricket field, lake.
My DS enjoyed a game with a Spanish teacher and the dissecting in Biology.


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:53 am 
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I think the DAO open day always feels fairly relaxed rather than chaotic. I've never been to QE but I've been to others which were definitely more structured/regimented. It's probably personal preference as to which you feel more comfortable with.
I was there yesterday. I definitely think the building work didn't help because normally there's a lot more space to move around in but obviously at the moment that's very tight in the central area. By September 2019 the old block will be gone so the school will be back to having all the outdoor space again around the buildings.


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 Post subject: Re: DAO exams Sep 18
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:03 am 
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DAO is still remains our top choice. DS enjoyed looking at Maths, Design & Technology and was awestruck with Science department. He loved all the experiments in all 3 Science departments and to my surprise was very keen in the dissection section as he wasn't too interested in this at other schools.

He is not very sporty or in music but he loved the vast open grounds.

I agree may be the building work didn't help either.

All other schools we have been to so far were very regimented and structured. We reached the school at 2.25 just a few minutes before the first speech was due to begin and therefore may be feeling it to be chaotic and everyone was being rushed into the very hot hall.

It was my second visit to the School and there will be more in future as DS is just finishing year 4.

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