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Metal Rocks Education Advisors had spectacular 2017-2018 results across the board at 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ and 16+ entries both at competitive London day schools and elite boarding schools. These results are all the more impressive given that we don’t pre-select students based on ability.
We are seeing increasing competition at all entry levels, especially at the 7+ entry point. This year saw more than 300+ boys each sitting 7+ exams at Westminster Under and St. Paul’s Junior when typical numbers in past years were around 200 boys. Parents are increasingly taking the long view that getting in early into the top schools is the better, and less stressful, strategy.
More interestingly, there were more foreign tongues heard in the corridors of these schools during exam days and at 2nd round interviews than in years past. It was a veritable UN Convention meeting at some schools! This increasingly foreign applicant pool was another contributor to number of candidates up this year.
Metal Rocks’ 7+ and 8+ students dominated the competitive exam landscape in this December-January exam cycle. Our 7+ boys received 2 offers from Westminster Under, 2 offers from St. Paul's Boys' Junior and 1 offer from King's College Wimbledon Junior. One 7+ boy and one 8+ boy received 12 offers combined from all the top schools applied, including Westminster Under, St. Paul’s Junior, King’s College Wimbledon, The Hall School and Sussex House.
We are equally proud of our 7+ girls who were offered places at Bute House (2 girls), South Hampstead High and Highgate.
On the 11+ girls front, we had one girl receiving offers from all 6 schools applied, including the prestigious St. Paul’s Girls’ School and Henrietta Barnett, an academic grammar school where over 2,600 applicants sat for 90 places. Another 11+ girl interested in boarding received offers from London day schools and boarding schools, including the prestigious St. Mary’s Ascot.
We had two boys with 11+ offers from St. Paul's Junior and Latymer Upper. Our 13+ boys received Conditional Offers from Westminster School, St. Paul’s School, King's College Wimbledon, Eton, Harrow, City of London School and Wetherby Senior School. One 13+ boy was elected King’s Scholar at Eton, achieving highest marks (A*) in 8 subjects. Last but not least, we had one girl from St. Paul's Girls' School admitted to Westminster School for Sixth Form.
Our students worked incredibly hard to achieve spectacular, consistent results (please see table below). More importantly, their parents played a critical role in supporting them at home with the guidance, support and structure provided by Metal Rocks. This was key.
What we are most proud of, however, is the lasting confidence and skills acquired by these young people throughout the preparation process: they have emerged mentally with more grit; intellectually more curious; emotionally more resilient; and physically with more stamina to handle a heavier workload than ever before.
In effect, they have gained more than entry to the top schools in the country.
Notable 2017-2018 highlights: