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    (Original post by samispector)
    HWSF is partially Westminster school, and over there they send 50% of their students to Oxford and Camebridge. Shouldn't expect much less at HWSF.


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    But you have to consider that this is an inexperienced Sixth form with only a year of teaching. I'd say it will do better than a normal school but not as good as Westminster Independent School; not yet at least.
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    (Original post by Foodatastic)
    But you have to consider that this is an inexperienced Sixth form with only a year of teaching. I'd say it will do better than a normal school but not as good as Westminster Independent School; not yet at least.
    agreed
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    I still havnt got a letter and I have already done my interview about a week ago now. Does that mean I didn't get in?
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    (Original post by Xctv)
    I still havnt got a letter and I have already done my interview about a week ago now. Does that mean I didn't get in?
    They said that the letter will arrive from Thursday to Saturday, so, if it doesn't arrive today, call them. I think they do send rejection letters, and so its not like if you don't get a letter, you are rejected,
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    Just got the letter said I can't be offered a place but will be put on a waiting list.
    The cut off score to be eligible was 464 and I scored 467 (395 for test and 72 for the interview) and that you had to get 499 to be offered a place.
    This has seriously upset me since during the entrance exam 75% of subjects I did not even do at gcse.
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    (Original post by Xctv)
    Just got the letter said I can't be offered a place but will be put on a waiting list.
    The cut off score to be eligible was 464 and I scored 467 (395 for test and 72 for the interview) and that you had to get 499 to be offered a place.
    This has seriously upset me since during the entrance exam 75% of subjects I did not even do at gcse.
    Ah well, that's fine. Lots of people will put this school as their second/third/fourth choice, not to mention the people who don't get offered or the people who don't accept the offer. That would be at least 30-40 people; you still have a chance. Just go to Hwsf on results day and give them your results.
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    Last year, people who weren't offered but did good in their GCSEs got a place regardless of the number of students they published to take.
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    (Original post by Xctv)
    Just got the letter said I can't be offered a place but will be put on a waiting list.
    The cut off score to be eligible was 464 and I scored 467 (395 for test and 72 for the interview) and that you had to get 499 to be offered a place.
    This has seriously upset me since during the entrance exam 75% of subjects I did not even do at gcse.
    Wait... You needed 499 to get offered a place! Are you sure? I gotten a score of 494 and still got offered a place. I didn't really understand the part of how you needed a 499 to get offered a place.
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    (Original post by ewin30)
    Wait... You needed 499 to get offered a place! Are you sure? I gotten a score of 494 and still got offered a place. I didn't really understand the part of how you needed a 499 to get offered a place.
    Ewin, you are probably in the top two priority groups because it clearly states that if you are in the third priority group then you need a score of 500+.
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    Okay I'm really upset because my score was above the cut off score but I was rejected because I have no priority and now I don't know what to do

    The letter said i got 629 (528+101) yet I was still rejected........
    You probably live outside London, with a score like that, just wow. I thought 600 was the max you can get...
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    (Original post by Jeremy.Clarkson)
    What would better, harris or watford grammar!!!
    bearing in mind watford is 1 hour away, and harris is 30 mins.

    This can be applied to many schools, such as st dominics instead of watford.

    Essentially a traditional, proven school VS one with promise and funding, considering distance
    I went into the same situation with Wilson's Sutton Grammar School and Harris Westminster. I went for "traditional, proven" than a school with money and infrastructure ("went for" being putting it as first choice). I have not heard of Watford so i cant judge, it might be or not be better, go to an open evening and decide. Good Grammar schools normally provide with less opportunity and support, however, they are proven, they look good on CVs, they teach you what you need to know one way or another; be it harshly. HWSF seems to do something similar, but without proof of its awesomeness, and its a lot less traditional, religious, and harsh. If its a Bad Grammar school, ditch it, you are better off without it, they have the worst of both.
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    yes i do live outside london but i really wanted to go and 750 is the max as each exam+interview is out of 150

    im really upset i dont think its fair that someone who gets 464 and lives in london can go and i can't. but i kind of anticipated it happening.
    Go there on results day, they make adjustments for exceptional cases, you will definitely be one of them.
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    (Original post by Foodatastic)
    I went into the same situation with Wilson's Sutton Grammar School and Harris Westminster. I went for "traditional, proven" than a school with money and infrastructure ("went for" being putting it as first choice). I have not heard of Watford so i cant judge, it might be or not be better, go to an open evening and decide. Good Grammar schools normally provide with less opportunity and support, however, they are proven, they look good on CVs, they teach you what you need to know one way or another; be it harshly. HWSF seems to do something similar, but without proof of its awesomeness, and its a lot less traditional, religious, and harsh. If its a Bad Grammar school, ditch it, you are better off without it, they have the worst of both.
    Well here are watford grammars results:

    78% of students achieved 2 or more A' levels at A*-B
    42 students achieved 3 or more A*/As
    19% of the results were an A*
    46% of the results were at A*/A

    I would say they are pretty good, havent really experienced the atmosphere (unlike HWSF which seemed nice), and what about distance..
    is 2 hours every day (both ways) too long?
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    (Original post by Jeremy.Clarkson)
    Well here are watford grammars results:

    78% of students achieved 2 or more A' levels at A*-B
    42 students achieved 3 or more A*/As
    19% of the results were an A*
    46% of the results were at A*/A

    I would say they are pretty good, havent really experienced the atmosphere (unlike HWSF which seemed nice), and what about distance..
    is 2 hours every day (both ways) too long?
    To be honest, those grades seem to be a result of a number of mixed results, there is definitely a result of a wide range of results, meaning that the reason they are doing good is probably because they are selective, than their actual teaching. I think you should book an appointment or an open evening, an atmosphere is the main reason to apply. Good atmosphere make you want to work harder and get good grades.

    Grades wise, the school seems decent but only because of the selected students than actual teaching. The key factor is actually the atmosphere.
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    (Original post by Jeremy.Clarkson)
    Well here are watford grammars results:

    78% of students achieved 2 or more A' levels at A*-B
    42 students achieved 3 or more A*/As
    19% of the results were an A*
    46% of the results were at A*/A

    I would say they are pretty good, havent really experienced the atmosphere (unlike HWSF which seemed nice), and what about distance..
    is 2 hours every day (both ways) too long?
    Lets be honest, does an hour really matter? I probably spend that time procrastinating over viral videos.
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    (Original post by Foodatastic)
    Ewin, you are probably in the top two priority groups because it clearly states that if you are in the third priority group then you need a score of 500+.
    Thanks for the clarification, I was worried for a second.
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    (Original post by Foodatastic)
    I went into the same situation with Wilson's Sutton Grammar School and Harris Westminster. I went for "traditional, proven" than a school with money and infrastructure ("went for" being putting it as first choice). .
    I go to a grammar school in the same area as wilsons and know a few of them. Wilsons is definitely a good choice as they are one of the better off grammar schools in the area as they get a lot of money from renting out land- in fact my school get their second-hand computers because they have invested in some Mac's. Most of the guys are also pretty decent and obviously ridiculously clever- the grades many of them get is outstanding and proven to be so.
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    (Original post by ♥Samantha♥)
    yes i do live outside london but i really wanted to go and 750 is the max as each exam+interview is out of 150

    im really upset i dont think its fair that someone who gets 464 and lives in london can go and i can't. but i kind of anticipated it happening.
    Wow I'm really sorry to hear that you totally deserved a place and to be honest I didn't really agree with their socialistic selection process even though I'm in care. But with scores like that I'm sure you will be able to secure a place once your on the waiting list.
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    (Original post by ewin30)
    Wait... You needed 499 to get offered a place! Are you sure? I gotten a score of 494 and still got offered a place. I didn't really understand the part of how you needed a 499 to get offered a place.
    If you have priority you can get offered a place without meeting the required test scores.
    This includes:

    Living in a deprived area
    Free school meals
    Being or have been in care
    Living in greater london ( not sure about this one have to re-read a letter as it might be a hinderence )
 
 
 
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