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					           The Falcons School for Girls

               Parents’ Guide to 11+




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                              Introduction
The Parents’ Guide to 11+ aims to introduce parents to the process of
applying for entry to selective London Day and Country Boarding Schools in
Year Seven. Girls sit the 11+ examinations in the January of Year Six;
interviews take place during January and February.

The Falcons School for Girls prepares girls to sit the following examination
papers:
 English comprehension
 English composition (typically, writing a short story)
 Mathematics
 Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Reasoning

We also prepare for Science for those girls intending to sit for Country
Boarding Schools or reasoning tests for the maintained sector.

In line with our school aims and ethos, we work to ensure that your daughter
wins a place at a Senior School that meets her learning needs. We do not
‘cram’ the girls, and do our best to make the process as stress-free as
possible for all concerned.


Please do not hesitate to book an appointment if you have any questions or
concerns regarding 11+.


Joan McGillewie
Headteacher




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                   Our Preparation Programme

The Falcons School for Girls aims to ensure your daughter wins a place at a
Senior School which meets her learning needs:


From Nursery onwards           Our curriculum is designed to ensure girls are
                               ready at eleven for entry to London Day and
                               Country Boarding independent schools.
Summer of Year Four            Future Schools Meeting
                               Year Four parents are introduced to the process
                               of applying for entry to Senior Schools.
Beginning of Year Five         The Year Five programme is dedicated to
                               preparation    for   11+     examinations,   whilst
                               continuing the school’s commitment to creative
                               learning.


                               Parents and girls using the Falcons School for
                               Girls text and online resources, including pupil
                               blog, How on Earth? and baldworm.co.uk            to
                               help with homework.
Second half of the             First Future Schools Interview
Spring Term in Year Five       Meeting between parents and Falcons teachers,
                               with the school making suggestions for 11+.
                               School recommends 6-7 schools that fit your
                               daughter’s learning profile. Some of these
                               schools will be more competitive than others at
                               11+.


Summer term of Year            Some parents may choose to begin visiting
Five                           Senior Schools




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Autumn Term of Year Six Parents and their daughters visit Senior Schools
                            for Open Days/School in Action sessions.


                            Timetable includes additional time for reasoning
                            (including homework), interview preparations
                            and to sit past papers; additional time is provided
                            for the Humanities in the second half of term


                            Second Future Schools Interview
                            Second meeting held in October to discuss
                            which schools parents have chosen to sit for at
                            11+.


                            Past    Papers        Under   Timed,   Examination
                            Conditions
                            Girls      sitting    past    papers   in   English
                            comprehension and writing, Mathematics and
                            Science on a weekly basis; results sent back to
                            parents.


                            Mock Examinations
                            Two formal ‘mock exam’ days held in the
                            Autumn        term,    with   papers   in   English
                            comprehension and composition, Mathematics
                            and Reasoning. The mock examinations are held
                            in the school hall. Results are reported to
                            parents.


                            Year Six Report
                            Year 6 Reports after half term, including
                            comments on performance in the first mock
                            examination.


                            Interview Preparation
                            Girls undertaking interview preparation during
                            PHSE lessons, including mock interviews.

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Christmas Holidays          Revision programme set over Christmas break
The Day before Spring       Third mock examination
term begins                 (English and Mathematics only) Mock held in
                            school hall in the morning of the day before the
                            Lady Eleanor Holles examination (the first of the
                            London Day 11+ examinations). All pupils invited
                            to attend.


                            Please note that we do not publish the results of
                            the third mock examination as we do not wish to
                            dispirit any candidate in the last few days before
                            they begin their examinations.
January of Year Six         11+ examinations process begins. Girls sitting
                            examinations and attending interviews.


                            All pupils work on past papers until the last pupil
                            has sat her final examination.
Late February or Early      Offers
                            Offers will be made in late February or early
March                       March.

                            Parents are asked to give a reply within a week.
                            Please note that parents are asked for a non-
                            returnable deposit on acceptance.
Half-term of Year Six       Post-11+ programme begins, including pupils
                            taking lead roles in the school play, an
                            introduction     to     William     Shakespeare,
                            investigative     Mathematics      and      online
                            international collaborative projects in Humanities.




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 The North London Independent Girls’ Schools’
                Consortium
The majority of our pupils apply to win entry to independent schools in
the North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium.

The Consortium was formed to standardise Year 7 entry procedures at certain
London Independent Girls’ Schools, who are members of the Girls’ Schools
Association.

          Girls enter at age eleven, in Year 7;
          The deadline for registrations is 30 November in the year preceding the
           September in which a girl is eligible for admission;
          Schools have grouped together into Group 1 and Group 2 (in no
           particular hierarchical order) to ease administration by having their
           entrance examinations on the same day;
          Schools in the same group set common papers in English and
           Mathematics using the same mark scheme. For your information the
           schools in each group are as follows:

Group 1 Schools                             Group 2 Schools
Francis Holland (Clarence Gate)             Channing School
Francis Holland (Graham Terrace)            City of London School for Girls
Heathfield School                           The Godolphin and Latymer School
Notting Hill and Ealing High School         More House School
Queen’s College                             North London Collegiate School
St Alban’s High School                      Northwood College,
St Helen’s School                           Queen’s Gate School
South Hampstead High School.                St James Senior Girls’ School.


Girls sit the consortium examination at one of the schools in the group. We
advise parents sit their daughter either at (a) the school that is their first
choice, (b) the school nearest their house or (c) the same school as a friend,
as a friendly face can help a girl relax when she enters the hall.

At St James Senior Girls’ School, entrance exams include their own
Reasoning test. The Consortium exam only has to be taken once for an 11+
candidate to be considered for entry to any Group 2 school.




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                       Other Girls’ Schools
The following girls’ schools are not in either consortium group:
    Lady Eleanor Holles
    St. Augustine’s School
    St Paul’s Girls’ School
    Harberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School

Lady Eleanor Holles
Lady Eleanor Holles – L.E.H. – is traditionally the first exam, held in the first
few days of January.

In addition to Mathematics and English, girls are asked to sit a General Paper.
Examples of the LEH general knowledge questions can be found here:
http://falconsinterview.blogspot.com

St. Augustine’s (Catholic)
External candidates, typically about 100 for the 24 places available, sit an
Entrance Examination in English and Mathematics - traditionally in the first
two weeks of January. About 40 of these candidates are then called for
interview.

St. Paul’s Girls
In November of Year Six candidates are asked to visit St Paul's to take an on-
screen, computer-based test. The test contains a 45-minute section ‘to
identify potential’ and a 25-minute vocabulary and maths test. You can access
a         demo           of       the       45-minute         test       here:
http://www.intuproject.org/CEMDemo/entrance/

St. Paul’s sets written examinations English, maths and comprehension in
January of Year Six.




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                           Mixed Schools
A number of our pupils choose to sit for mixed London Day independent
schools, including:
 Harrodian
 Ibstock Place
 Latymer Upper
 St. Benedict’s

Harrodian
Harrodian has 20-30 places available at 11+ for entry into Year 7. Girls sit
examinations in Mathematics and English. Pupils who do well in the Entrance
examinations will be invited to interview.

Ibstock Place
Ibstock’s examination takes place on a Saturday in late January. The school
sets its own papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning.

Latymer Upper
Admission to Latymer Upper School at 11+ (Year 7) is through a process of
written examination and interview. All pupils who are registered prior to the
deadline will be invited to sit the written examination which covers English,
Maths and Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning.

St. Benedict’s School (Catholic)
St. Benedicts has around 100 places available. Girls sit a Mathematics (1
hours), English Composition and Use of English examination (1 hour) and a
Verbal Reasoning Test (45 minutes)




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                    Applications Procedure
Throughout the admissions procedure the schools aim to provide
equality of opportunity for applicants.

Registration and Application
Parents may register their daughters at any time. Once registered, parents will
receive information about Open Days and will be sent an application form for
their daughter to sit the entrance tests.

Registration forms are usually available on line. Parents should complete the
form and forward to the school; Falcons Girls, as with all preparatory school,
is not ask to complete any aspect of this form.

Please contact each school for which you wish your daughter to be
considered requesting an Application Form and any other relevant
information.

You must complete a separate application form for all schools to which you
apply whether they are in the same group or not. The individual schools to
which you have applied will then process your application and send you any
necessary information.

You may be asked to include additional information, such as a copy of your
daughter’s last school report, a copy of any Educational Psychologist report,
or information relating to a known disability or allergy.

The application form must be returned by the end of November in Year Six.

All registration fees are non-refundable

Each candidate is selected on her merits, and it is immaterial whether she is
from an independent or maintained school. It is immaterial when you choose
to register.

For first year entrance, offers are made as a result of the entrance tests in
Mathematics and English, the school reference, the interviews and any
additional information.

Results of Tests
These will be made available to all the other schools in the Consortium.




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The other schools to which your daughter has applied will then consider
whether or not to offer a place on the basis of the tests, interview and school
reference.

Offers
Offers will be sent out to parents by all schools in the Consortium on the same
day.

Some of these may be for a place on a waiting list. Information about a
position on the waiting list is not given. All girls on the waiting list are
considered to have qualified for entry should a vacancy arise.

Acceptances
If no reply has been received to an offer of a place by the acceptance date it
will be assumed that you do not wish to accept and the place will be re-offered
to pupils on the waiting list.

Please note that you may not give written acceptance of a place to more than
one school.

If you have any problems or queries at any stage in the procedure, please
contact the Registrars of the schools in the North London Independent Girls’
Schools’




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 Country Boarding Schools: Common Entrance
                   at 11+
The Independent Schools Examinations Board offers examinations for pupils
transferring from junior to independent Country Boarding Schools at the ages
of 11+. The main examination is Common Entrance, established in 1904.
Candidates are entered for the examinations according to age at entry to
senior school. Examination papers are set for entry at the age of 11+; the
other major transfer point is at thirteen.

The Common Entrance 11+ examination is sat at the Falcons School for Girls.
The 11+ examination is taken in the Spring term.

Subjects
All candidates take:
 English
 Mathematics
 Science.

Unlike London Day Schools, parents are asked to select a first choice school
when sitting for country boarding schools.

A candidate may be registered at a second senior school. It is important that
the parents have previously obtained the agreement of that school to be
second choice. If a candidate fails to gain entry to the first-choice senior
school, the scripts will be forwarded by that senior school to the second-
choice senior school.

The papers are set by examiners appointed by the ISEB, but the answers are
marked by the senior school for which a candidate is entered.

Examination dates
Papers must be taken on the dates fixed by the ISEB. Dates are posted at
http://www.iseb.co.uk/

Head's Report
The reference is of particular significance to boarding schools.

Candidates with Specific Learning Difficulties
Candidates with dyslexia or any other specific learning difficulty are allowed
extra time to complete Common Entrance papers. The amount of extra time is
agreed with the senior school concerned. In addition, an appropriately
qualified psychologist’s report should be sent to the senior school, updated

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where necessary by our SENCO, Miss Camilleri, together with the candidate’s
latest IEP and the ISEB special needs report. Word processors and laptop
computers may be used by candidates certified as having specific learning
difficulties. In exceptional cases, a reader or an amanuensis may be used.
Again, all this should be discussed with the relevant senior school.
Further information can be found at http://www.iseb.co.uk/

Scholarship and Exhibition Places
Individual boarding schools have their own arrangements for scholarships.
Normally, they will take the examination at the senior school.

Some senior schools select their scholars from candidates who sit 11+ in the
Spring Term. These candidates will be entered for Common Entrance in the
usual way.




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                           State Schools
Applying for maintained (state) schools is a huge subject, and is very much
dependent on:
 Where you live;
 Whether your daughter already has siblings at the school;
 Your faith;
 Whether you choose to sit for a grammar school;
 If you choose to sit for an academy, whether the school is able to select in
   relation to its specialism.

Please note that the independent London Day and Country Boarding offers
are made well in advance of state places being awarded.

Please note that the most academic state schools are heavily over-
subscribed.




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               Opportunities to Visit Schools
Parents are invited to visit Senior Schools during the Summer term of Year
Five and Autumn term of Year Six. At these meetings the work and ethos of
the school is outlined. Pupils are usually available to answer questions.

You are strongly advised to attend Open Days at all the schools for which you
have are planning to apply; you should ring each school early in the Autumn
Term for the dates and times.

The best way to discover what a school is really about is to meet the girls
themselves. Parents are advised to attend Open Days or School in Action
days where the pupils will be on hand to answer questions.

Where possible, we advise parents to take their daughter to visit the school.




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                      The 11+ Examinations
Candidates for London Day Schools are asked to take papers in English and
Mathematics.

There is an agreed syllabus, approved by all schools in the Consortium;
sample papers are available on the schools’ websites.

The content of the papers in all areas will be based on the assumption that
candidates are working towards Level 5 of the Mathematics’ National
Curriculum; all Falcons Girls are taught to this standard.

English
The North London Independent Girls’ Schools’               Consortium     English
examination is one hour and fifteen minutes long.

It is in two sections:
 Reading Comprehension (45 minutes)
 Writing. (30 minutes)

The two sections carry equal marks.

In the Reading section, girls are required to read a short passage and answer
questions.

The passage is normally about a page long. Girls are required to answer short
questions about the passage in order to demonstrate how well they have
understood the passage.

Girls are prepared for these examinations in our comprehension lessons. All
of your daughter’s comprehension work from Year Two onwards has been
targeting the skills required to do well in these comprehensions.

In the Writing section, girls are set a writing task which may be based in some
way on the passage in the Reading section. The writing task will normally be
of a creative nature.

Schools are looking for evidence that a girl:
• Can read with discernment and understanding, with a firm grasp of both
implicit and explicit meaning.
• Can express her understanding clearly and accurately in writing.
• Both understands and can use a wide and varied vocabulary.
• Can express herself in writing with facility, fluency, range and imagination.

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• Has a good understanding of the effects created by language, both in others’
writing and in her own.

Girls are prepared to write for the writing section in our English lessons. Mr
Hitchen’s Bald Worm site – http://www.baldworm.co.uk - includes everything a
child needs to know to thrive in these examinations.

Mathematics
The mathematics examination is between one hour and fifteen minutes and
one hour long.

There will be a variety of questions, testing basic numerical skills, problem
solving and logical thinking.

Girls may also be required to demonstrate more developed powers of
reasoning and the ability to solve simple problems with a newly introduced
concept.

The questions will not necessarily become harder towards the end of the
paper. Girls are encouraged not to spend too long on any question but should
move on to later questions and return to earlier ones if they have time.

Candidates only need a pencil and a rubber for the examination; calculators
are not allowed in the examination, nor are rulers.

Schools are looking for evidence that a girl:
• Has a sound grasp of basic mathematical skills and can transfer these skills
to more complex operations
• Has the ability to complete mathematical tasks logically
• Has the understanding to solve mathematical problems

The Common Entrance syllabus is very similar to the London Day Girls’
Schools’ requirements, and can be viewed here:
http://www.iseb.co.uk/PDF/Syllabus_CE_Mathematics.pdf

Past Papers
Year Five and Six pupils will be sitting a range of 11+ English and
Mathematics in the Summer of Year Five and Autumn of Year Six.

Parents can download sample papers from the North London Girls’ Schools’
Consortium here:
http://www.godolphinandlatymer.com/page_viewer.asp?page=First+Year+Ent
ry&pid=33

Please note we will be completing these past papers over the course of the
Autumn term; please do not ask your daughter to sit prior to her attempting at
school.

Specific Learning Difficulties

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Arrangements to use a laptop computer or have extra time in the
examinations will be made for any candidate for whom a report from an
Educational Psychologist or a recommendation from Miss McGillewie and
Miss Camilleri has been received.




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                        The 11+ Interviews
Some schools interview all candidates; others only interview pupils on the
basis of performance during the examinations. The Consortium schools make
their own arrangements for interviews.

Girls are prepared for 11+ interviews in our Autumn Term PHSE lessons.

Typically, girls may be asked:
 Do you have any brothers or sisters? / How did you travel here today? (a
   soft question to get the candidate talking)
 What is your favourite lesson?
 What is your least favourite lesson?
 Do you like reading?
 What is your favourite book?
 Who is your favourite author?
 What are your hobbies?
 Do you speak any other languages?
 What do you want to be when you are older/what are your ambitions?
 Why do you want to come to this school?
 Do you have any questions for us.

In addition:
 Some schools may set a short oral comprehension or ask a mental
    arithmetic question;
 Some schools may ask a couple of general knowledge questions;
 Others may ask a candidate to comment on a painting or sculpture;
 Some schools ask girls to bring in an object – a medal, say, or a piece of
    work they are particularly proud of creating - and talk about it.

The Falcons School for Girls interview blog -
http://falconsinterview.blogspot.com/ - includes past questions for a range of
London Day and Country Boarding schools.

St. James’ Parent Interview
St. James’ invites parents to meet and converse with the Headmistress when
their daughter is interviewed. In the event of a candidate failing to achieve a
minimum level of attainment in the examinations, parents will be informed that
an interview will not be granted.




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              Preparing for the Examinations
Some schools interview all candidates; others only interview pupils on the
basis of performance during the examinations.

The following is the guidance from the North London Girls’ Schools’
Consortium:

English
While it is sensible for girls to be familiar with the format of the examination,
we would emphasise strongly that in our experience a repetitive drilling of
examination tasks and / or the teaching of a formulaic approach to writing are
neither desirable nor effective forms of preparation, either for the examination
or for our schools.

The best possible form of preparation is:
• to encourage girls to read as widely and ambitiously as possible.
• to encourage girls to respond to what they read in an independent, fresh and
personal way.
• to nurture in them a genuine love of books.
• to give them the opportunity and encouragement to write in as wide a variety
of genres, styles and contexts as possible.
• to encourage them to develop their own individual and distinctive voice in
their writing.

Above all, we must point out that the Writing section of the examination is
designed to assess how well girls can write in an unprepared context. The
insertion of pre‐prepared pieces of writing which are not relevant to the task
set will be severely penalised in the marking

Mathematics
• Girls need to be able to show their ability with basic skills but it is also
important that they know how to use these skills to solve problems. Practice
with word or diagram-based questions should be encouraged.
• It is recommended that girls are aware of the type of questions they will be
facing as shown in the sample questions available on each school’s website.
• Girls should be encouraged to check their work for accuracy and to show
their working when completing mathematical tasks




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                               References
A reference will be requested by all of the schools you apply to prior to the
entrance examinations. These references are written by the school in support
of your daughter’s application.

In the Autumn Term, parents will be asked to fill in a questionnaire to assist
the school in completing the references.

The school is asked to comment on:
 Progress;
 Any special educational needs;
 Effort;
 Contribution to the life of the school;
 Information on hobbies and interests, including music and sport.
 Any particular concerns

In addition, the school is asked to submit standardised data relating to your
daughter’s progress.




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  Scholarship, Bursaries and Financial Support
Scholarships
Parents need not apply for academic scholarships in the London Day Schools
11+ examinations; the applicants are identified through performance on the
entrance examinations.

A number of schools offer scholarships in Music, Art, Drama and Sport.
Please speak to Mr Hitchen if you are intending that your daughter will sit for a
subject-specific scholarship.

Some schools have separate scholarship examinations (for which a girl is
invited to sit following success in the 11+ examination) or interviews.

Financial Support and Bursaries
A number of London Day and Country Boarding Schools offer means-tested
financial support. Please note that home visits may be conducted.




The interviews are usually scheduled for Saturdays in late January or early
February. Interviews cover questions in Maths and English along with those
of a more general nature.




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                            Which School?
The Falcons School for Girls will make suggestions about the schools
we believe will best suit her learning needs.

   We ask all your daughter’s teachers to contribute their thoughts on the
    schools which would best fit your daughter’s learning needs;
   At our first Future Schools Interview (second half of the Spring term in
    Year Six), we will first ask for your thoughts regarding 11+ choices. This is
    partly so we can ascertain how informed you are about the process; we
    will then give our suggestions. Generally speaking, we recommend
    between 5-7 schools, depending on whether you are considering boarding;
   In our second Future Schools Interview (Autumn term of Year Six) we will
    look to hone down your choices to four or five schools, with your daughter
    sitting no more than three separate examinations if at all possible.

We analyse three forms of data when considering our suggestions:
 Performance in 11+ past papers;
 Performance in class;
 Standarised test data, e.g. NFER, PIPs. For example, we know that a pupil
  achieving in the very highest ‘stanine’ in NFER have a good chance of
  winning a place at the most academic of girls’ schools or a scholarship
  offer.

Throughout the process, the school reinforces a very clear message to all of
the girls. The truth is:

1. Every school is a good school. It really doesn’t matter which school you
end up at in Year Seven – they all have good, okay and boring teachers; they
all have homework. At every school there will be teachers, lessons and girls
you love…and others that you are not so keen on. Every school you will be
applying for has girls that get straight As at GCSE and A-level; every school
has girls that win places at good universities.

2. If you listen, work hard and complete your homework on time you
can’t go wrong at GCSE.

3. Your ‘success’ in life is nothing to do with the school you attend at
eleven.




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                Frequently Asked Questions
11+ is a challenge – but it can be tremendously rewarding, Our Year Six girls
‘come out the other side’ believing they can achieve anything if they put their
mind to it.

As with any challenge, there are concerns – many of which come from the
parents:
My daughter is worried about 11+. What can I say to her?
Please repeat the message that there is nothing to worry about: do your best
and you will get into a good school.

Your daughter will feed off the messages you give her – so we strongly advise
that you keep discussion to a minimum, and never share any anxieties that
you may have with her.

How can I get my daughter to work harder?
The first point is to recognise that she probably already believes she is
working quite hard enough! Falcons Girls all have quite a lot of homework.
Your daughter has a packed day at school – including a number of specialist
teachers who demand a lot of your daughter even in the last half-hour of the
day.

Encourage your daughter to read – and make time in her life for reading.
Where possible, use our online resources to support and supplement. Play
number games and quizzes as a family. Recite times tables until your
daughter can say them backwards, standing on her head. And, most of all,
encourage your daughter to get into good habits with homework:
 A quiet, organised room;
 Regular times for homework, including at the weekend;
 Regular breaks – every 20-30 minutes;
 Talk to the class teacher if there are any problems with the homework.

Girls develop at different rates. Some pupils are ‘goal orientated’ young adults
at ten; others are still playing with dolls and daydreaming about princesses.
11+ is just one step in a long journey – and the girl who thrives in competitive
examinations at eleven is not necessarily the star at A-level.

Does it make any difference when I register for a school?
With London Day Schools, the answer is no. You can just beat the deadline
and your daughter’s application will be treated in the same manner as if she

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has been signed up from birth. All that matters is her performance in the
examination, the interview and our reference.

What if my daughter doesn’t win a place anywhere?
She will.

No, really, what if my daughter doesn’t win a place anywhere?
This is only likely if parents choose to disregard the school’s suggestions for
appropriate 11+ schools.

On the extremely rare occasions that a girl fails to secure a single offer we
would work with our colleagues in Senior Schools to attempt to secure a back-
up case. We have excellent relationships with a number of Senior Schools.
Particularly in this time of ongoing economic certainty, we have absolute
confidence that your daughter would be able to secure a place at a London
Day or Country Boarding independent school.

How much work should I do over the holidays?
Some – to keep the brain ticking over – but the holidays are a great time for
your daughter to relax with a good book.

During the three-week Christmas holiday prior to the 11+ we set quite a
thorough programme. We recommend that your daughter works for a couple
of hours a day either side of the Christmas week (regardless of whether or not
your family celebrates Christmas), and takes a full week off in the middle.

What should she wear?
The Senior School where you are sitting the exams will advise you on what
your daughter should wear. We recommend that your daughter looks smart if
she is asked not to wear her Falcons uniform

I have heard that if you have a particular tutor you are guaranteed to get
into [a school]…
Please disregard all such gossip; it simply isn’t true.

If my daughter doesn’t win a place at [a certain school] then will you tell
us why?
Unfortunately, the London Day Schools do not give any feedback on the girls’
performance; Country Boarding Schools send through a breakdown of the
girls’ results.

We are only able to speculate on why a girl may not have won a place:
 She may have been affected by examination nerves;
 She may have made a silly mistake;
 She may have missed out a section or not attempted a question;
 She may simply have underperformed on the day;
 Parents may have chosen to disregard the school’s advice and sit for a
  school that did not match her learning needs.



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Why are the examinations so difficult? The exams expect far more of the
girls than I could have achieved at 11!
Please keep telling your daughter just that! The Senior Schools have to select
between hundreds of well-educated girls from supportive families. If the 11+
wasn’t challenging then they couldn’t select their next year group.

The plus side of this is that girls who have learnt the skills needed at 11+ are
almost guaranteed to succeed at GCSE.

If my daughter doesn’t win a place at [a certain school] then the Falcons
School for Girls has failed!
11+ is extremely competitive, but every year 75% of our girls will win a place
at their first choice school; one or two girls may well win a scholarship. One or
two will perform better in the tests than their work in Year Five and Six may
have indicated; one or two may well do a little less well. This is the nature of
competitive examinations:
 Girls develop at different rates. It is no coincidence that the more ‘mature’
    candidates at 11+ do better than their more ‘childish’ peers;
 Some cohorts of children are stronger than others;
 Some girls are stronger than others;
 The most popular schools will have hundreds – 700-800 girls – of girls
    applying. Some of these girls will be stronger at Mathematics and English
    than your daughter; some will be weaker. The majority of those girls will be
    at the very least ‘good’ in both English and Mathematics.

Unfortunately, the Senior Schools have to make a choice. For some girls,
however hard they work – however well they are taught or supported at home
by parents, family or tutors – they will not be right for certain schools. This is
not to say they won’t fly at GCSE and beyond.




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                       Appendix 1: Weblog
The Falcons School for Girls is committed to using IT – including wikis, blogs,
podcasts and digital video – to ease your daughter’s progress through the 11+
process.

General
http://fsg.wikispaces.com – includes a wealth of information, past papers,
example work, reading lists and guidance for Year Five and Six pupils. The
wiki houses the invaluable ‘Improving Your Writing’ resource:
https://fsg.wikispaces.com/Improving+Your+Writing

http://www.youtube.com/user/FalconsTube - Enjoy our musical, kinaesthetic
and dramatic learning at our popular YouTube channel.

English
http://www.baldworm.co.uk – Mr Hitchen’s Bald Worm guide to writing a
brilliant short story in the 11+ examination. 75,000+ visitors and growing!

http://baldworm.blogspot.com – 800+ homework tasks, videos, useful links
and resources.

Mathematics
http://year5classroom.blogspot.com/ - Miss Spurling’s blog includes a wealth
of useful links.

Science
http://falconsscience.wordpress.com/ - 175.000 hits and counting. An
invaluable resource for every pupil from our Science Leader, Mrs Mannan.

Interview
http://falconsinterview.blogspot.com/ - The interview blog includes past
questions and examples of past exam paper writing tasks.




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                Appendix 2: 11+ Past Papers
Please find enclosed copies of the 2010 London Girls’ Consortium Group 2
Papers for English and Mathematics.

Papers are enclosed for your reference. Please do not ask your daughter to
sit this paper at home – we will be using this paper in class over the course of
the Autumn term of Year Six.




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