City of London School for Boys interviews 2012

(32 Posts)
mamakiso Thu 26-Jan-12 15:07:44

Hi there

I'm new, but need some advice so going to jump right in. My DS has been called for interview with the head on 3rd February. Did anyone else apply and have they heard anything? The school website states there's an individual as well as group interview but the lady who called said it's just 20mins with the head, so I am confused.

Does anyone know what to expect or have any hints on how to prepare please? Oh, we applied for bursary; not sure if this makes any difference.

thanks and good luck to everyone

sassyandsixty Thu 28-Feb-13 14:39:01

I'm way out of date, but thread caught my eye. Both my DS went to CLSBoys - truly excellent school in every way. Both v. happy tho v. different from each other. All kids there v. well motivated to enjoy learning and succeed. Couldn't wish for more in a school (except I wish it was mixed). Good teaching and lots of out-of-school activities. And the location... All kids need to do is turn up and try hard - success virtually a guarantee. All parents need to do is make sure they eat, sleep and do their homework. Results excellent, leading to great uni eds and careers. Sport good too though other kids not so sporty as school tends to attract academic types. Money well spent if you ask me - even if you don't get bursaries/scholarships. Good luck to all.

koss Sun 03-Feb-13 23:06:28

Hi Rosamund, I am new to this site. My DS has been shortlisted for 10+ interview. please can you help me? I just need to know what type of preparation needed for 10+ interview. What they actually ask? How many interviewer will be there?
Thanks in advance.

OhDearConfused Wed 21-Nov-12 10:40:37

Thank you very much, Rosamund. That is good to know.

RosamundLehmann Tue 20-Nov-12 23:23:29

Just saw this has revived. I was MITD.

DS and his class mates in year 6 at the school all seem to be thriving and very happy. I am very impressed with the level of care the school builds around these young boys to help them transition to secondary. They have also really helped build a community for the parents to,so they can support the boys as much as possible.

DS has really grown up this term, in a really positive way, I really am very happy and pleased with how it is has turned out. PM me if you want to know more.

Shaded Sun 18-Nov-12 16:20:04

Hi OhDearConfused, am in the same boat as you on the 10+ entry. Finally decided to go for it as my son really, really wants to take the exam. Put in the application last friday and guess need to start prep now.

OhDearConfused Mon 12-Nov-12 14:02:43

Just wondering, those of you that did it last year and got in (and took the place), whether your experience was positive.

We like the idea of 10+ entry. The only down side is that it does rule out the one or two highly super-selective (or partially selective) grammars in SW london. He'd move - assuming he passed - before waiting to see if he did get high enough for those SSGs and so commit to the fees now. On the plus side, less competition and - more importantly - one less year of stress!

So - do you like it? Are the DSs (they seem so small) looked after well enough in amongst all the big boys, and so on.....

Tuppenyrice Mon 02-Apr-12 13:27:57

mummyinthedark we are in the same position as you. Our DS was accepted into a choir but now needs to sit the school exam. Do you mind giving me an idea of what to expect? My DS is 8, at state school and completely untutored.

Sorry to jump on thread....

mamakiso Thu 08-Mar-12 10:52:53

We got in yeah!!

mamakiso Fri 24-Feb-12 16:49:09

splodge we actually heard 2 weeks ago, 100% bursary but on the wait list

splodge2001 Fri 24-Feb-12 10:14:02

I guess you hear today makamiso -good luck! I'm going to hand deliver the form today after a week of deliberation. We've been agonising over whether to take the place now or wait for next year to see if we could get a scholarship (DS had no tutoring this time) Anyway - we decided that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush!

mamakiso Thu 23-Feb-12 23:25:36

congrats splodge

splodge2001 Thu 23-Feb-12 23:14:59

Hi didn't realise this thread was still going - DS got in at 10+ no bells attached, did very well in the exam and we've decided to accept rather than chancing it next year. DS very excited.

mamakiso Fri 17-Feb-12 16:52:12

Thanks, everything is crossed - fingers, toes!

Mummyinthedark Fri 17-Feb-12 16:41:26

Wow, full bursary - that would, be amazing. Your DS has done brilliantly to get this offer, they had more boys in the admissions process here that ever before (true of other independent schools too, not just CLSB)

Fingers crossed for you.

mamakiso Fri 17-Feb-12 15:51:24

We heard from City - 100% bursary but on a waitlist. Praying even harder now because DS loves the school.

nlondondad Thu 16-Feb-12 16:36:59

City, for historical reasons, and no doubt the relationship with choirs, has a form called "Old Grammer" which is the same as year 6 in a primary school.

Its not that big and they have special pastoral arrangements for it.

Congratulations on getting in.

Mummyinthedark Thu 16-Feb-12 13:29:31

Sorry to leave it hanging, just popped back on.

Our DS had to do 10 + because he has been offered a place in one of the choirs the school partners with. He will be a choral scholar, and I think they all/most of them, come in to year 6.

I am ridiculously proud.

mamakiso Wed 15-Feb-12 20:50:11

Mummyinthedark; just realised its 10+ not 11+. Its seems like we're waiting forever!!

mamakiso Wed 15-Feb-12 20:45:19

congrats to your DD. well done

mamakiso Wed 15-Feb-12 20:43:00

mummyinthedark - is your offer for a full fee paying place or a bursary/scholarship

Mummyinthedark Wed 15-Feb-12 20:09:41

sorry, just read you don't hear until 23/24, didn't read properly. fingers crossed.

Mummyinthedark Wed 15-Feb-12 20:08:30

splodge, mamakiso, how did your boys do?
We had an offer today and hope others had good news too.

mamakiso Thu 09-Feb-12 19:09:04

good luck to your ds splodge2001

mamakiso Thu 09-Feb-12 19:07:54

splodge2001 - TBH, I'm not sure because we applied for a bursary - you may be right about the scholarships

splodge2001 Wed 08-Feb-12 12:55:10

Oh that's interesting, I thought that they told you whether or not your son would be up for a scholarship beforehand.

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