ALTRINCHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS

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					ALTRINCHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL
FOR BOYS




                 Entrance Exam
                 September 2011
                 (for entry in
                 September 2012)
Welcome

   LEA Common Preference Form
   AGSB Application Form
   Test day
   Results
   Review
   Offer of places
   Appeal
   Summary
LEA Common Preference form
   Trafford LEA requires all common preference forms to
    be completed and returned to them by the 31st October
    2011 – other LEA’s may have similar dates – please
    check . They are sent to you in the first week of term as
    your son begins Year 6 in his primary school
   Parents should rank their choices in order of preference
    listing as their highest preference the school they most
    wish to be allocated on their LEA preference form
   Your LEA will endeavour to give you your highest ranked
    preferred school – equal preference
   If your son currently attends an Independent School,
    please contact your LEA for a CPF.
Equal Preference

   Your first choice of school will be allocated to your son
    subject to the admissions criteria for that school.

   As you will only receive 1 offer it is essential that you
    name your highest preference school first.

   If, for whatever reason, you cannot be offered your first
    choice, then your second choice becomes your first, etc
Application

   For your son to gain a place at AGSB :-

       You must fill out your common preference form and
        put AGSB where you wish us to be ranked

       However he must pass the AGSB Entrance Exam. To
        take this you must apply directly to us
Entrance Exam Date

   Our entrance exam is being held on
    Saturday September 17th

   Our results will be sent to you in mid October – before
    you have to return the common preference form to your
    LEA
              TAKE NOTE

   If you do not complete the LEA form indicating
  AGSB on your preference form, your son may go
through and pass the Entrance Exam but in the end
 he will not be allocated a place here by Trafford, on
                 our behalf, in March!
Late applicants are only dealt with after all on time
        applications have received their offers
Application continued

   You send us your application form together with two passport
    sized photographs and a large(A4) envelope with 66p postage
    (last date for applications – Friday 2nd September). On this
    please include a contact telephone number for the day of the
    exam, just in case your son is ill on the day
   Once we have received your application we will send you an
    acknowledgement pack – which includes some sample question
    sheets
   Preparation is useful
   The orange form – gives useful information
   Equipment for the day
       HB pencil
       Eraser
Application continued

   Inform us of any special requirements such as:

       Impaired eyesight – we provide enlarged papers
       Impaired hearing – will be sat at the front
       Any other medical conditions that may affect
        performance can usually be accounted for
       Religious reasons

   We can accommodate you as long as you let us know in
    advance
Test Day – Saturday 17th September 2011

   Arrival
   The test room
   The test itself
   Break
   Collection
   Departure
Arrival

   You must aim to arrive between 9:00 - 9:15am

   Traffic will be heavy and parking will be extremely
    difficult.Park nearby and walk along Marlborough Road

   AGGS on same day!

   900 pupils and their parents came last year so please be
    patient – two queues at the main doors - all will get in!
Arrival continued……

   Come to the main entrance with your orange form – it tells you
    which door to go through and which room to go to with your son

   If you son is ill on the day, please do not bring him. Contact us
    immediately by telephone and we will advise accordingly

   Special circumstances form - yellow
     If in doubt fill it out!

     Hand in before exam date or on the day. You must hand it in

      to the Enquiries Table NOT to the test room invigilator
The Test Room

   Approximately 30 pupils in each room

   1 Staff & 6th former assistant

   Pupils sit in assigned places, allocated on application
The Test Itself

   GL ASSessment (formerly NFER-Nelson)
   National standardised tests
   Secure tests, copies are prohibited
   Non Verbal Reasoning
   Verbal Reasoning
   Creative Writing (for review purposes only)
   Maths
The Tests - Timing
   GLASS tests
       NVR –                     2 x 10 minute sessions
       VR –                      50 minute session

   AGSB test
       Creative Writing          20 minute session

   GLASS test
       Maths –                   50 minute session

   Tests are carefully timed by invigilator. There will be a clock in the
    room – but working through at a steady pace is required for these
    tests. Time warnings are given in the VR and Maths tests only, half
    way through and 5 minutes from the end.
Break

   Break of 20 minutes after NVR and VR test
   Staff and 6th former changeover
   Small snack may be brought by boys
   SMALL drink please!
   After the break CREATIVE WRITING followed by
    MATHS test
   Any time lost through a toilet break cannot be added
    on at the end
As you return to school……..


   Please be mindful of pupils and other parents as you
    leave, it will be busy

   Roads will be congested again, so please be patient

   Details about return and collection will be displayed
    around the school when you leave your son for the tests

    briefly they are……..
Collection………

   Return to school between 12:30 - 12:45pm
   Follow the signs to the Grammar Car Park – please wait
    quietly as boys will still be working
   Estimated finish time 1:00pm
   Pupils led through Hall to the south yard nearby
   Room flags will be on desks where your son will be told
    to meet you
   If you are not there your son will be asked to wait in the
    hall
The Tests - marking
 NVR                    VR                    MATHS
  40                     80                     50



                 MARKED AT AGSB

          STANDARDISED (and ‘age weighted’)

         RESULTS AND PASS MARK OBTAINED

              REVIEW LATE SEPTEMBER


       RESULTS SENT TO PARENTS MID OCTOBER
The Tests - Standardisation
         141    141    141




                80
         40             50



         NVR    VR    MATHS
The Tests - Results

   The maximum mark =141 x 3 = 423

   No minimum pass mark for each test

   The qualifying score is 334
The Tests - Review

   Pupils who are within 20 marks of the pass mark will be
    reviewed
   Review panel will include staff from AGSB as well as a
    Primary Head teacher

       Creative Writing test is used at this point to help assess ability
       Primary school report is also requested and considered
       Scores obtained on the exam
       Special Circumstances
Creative Writing test

   Boys are asked to continue a story, using their
    imagination. i.e. Jack wandered into the woods and
    stumbled on a giant black box…….
   We are looking for the ability to write correctly and
    interestingly – writing as vividly as possible is more
    important than finishing the short story
   Three or four well structured paragraphs would be very
    impressive
   Quality is more important than quantity
Ranking – Qualifiers

   In Area boys who qualify will be eligible for a place and
    will receive an offer letter from Trafford (subject to where
    you have ranked AGSB on your preference form) on 1ST
    March 2012 – National Offer Day

   Out of Area boys who qualify will be ranked by score
    and offered places subject to our admissions criteria
    (and again subject to where you have ranked AGSB on
    your preference form) on 1st March 2012
Ranking – Qualifiers – recent offers
    In area applicants
    In 2010 every qualified boy whose parents ranked us as
    their highest preference, was offered a place in the
    March of that year

    Out of area applicants
    The criteria used is score order
    In 2010 approximately 33% of the places that we offered
    were made to qualified out of area boys.
Confirmation Letter
   In mid October, a letter will be sent to all parents
    informing them of the pass mark as well as their son’s
    marks in the individual tests

   This is not an offer of a place – it is for information
    only

   Offer of places to qualifiers will be made by Trafford LEA
    (or your local LEA) on our behalf on 1st March 2012

   Final date for acceptance of a place is 15th March 2012
Appeal


   Appeals body is independent of AGSB

   Details of how to appeal will be given to you on
    National Offer Day
Offers of places after 1st March

   Any parent disappointed with their allocated school will
    have to re-apply to Trafford immediately after National
    Offer Day for any vacancies that are subsequently
    available at their preferred school

   No offers are made directly from the school during this
    period – they are still made by Trafford on our behalf

   Once all the possible offers have been and accepted, we
    will hold a waiting list for one term for any subsequent
    vacancies that may arise. So keep in touch!
Open Evening - Thursday 30th June
5:00pm – 7.30pm

   Open Evening will provide you with a chance to see the
    school in action

   You can talk to boys and staff about opportunities at
    AGSB

   You can buy some more practice papers if you wish
Practice Tests
   Practice tests are available to buy tonight and up to the
    exam date for £9.99
   Same style as actual test – 4 versions
Experience has shown us that

   Practice is good and familiarisation with materials makes
    sense; however…

   Over coaching just to pass the test is not in the best
    interests of a boy

   A moment’s pleasure at the result could lead to 5 – 7
    years of struggle!
Questions
   If you have missed some of the points or you find you have further
    questions after tonight do not worry…

       You can ask questions in a few moments
       Look through the application literature again
       Practice papers, application forms and copies of our admission
        policy are available on your way out this evening
       Come and see us on Open Evening – bring your sons
       We are always on the end of the phone
       Look at the school website – for admissions information, a
        complete copy of the latest school prospectus and, in a week or
        so, a copy of this presentation
A Final Word
   As well as applying to AGSB and your son sitting the test
    here, you must also ensure that you fill in your LEA
    common preference form

   Our entrance exam is being held on
    Saturday September 17th this year

   Results will be sent to you in mid October – before you
    have to return the common preference form to your LEA

   Trafford requires you to return this form to them by 31st
    October. Other LEAs will have similar dates – please
    check with them
Thank you for listening


    Any Questions?
We hope to see you at Open Evening
      on Thursday 30th June
         5.00pm – 7.30pm

				
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