Metal Rocks Education Advisors had spectacular 2017 January exam results across the board at 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+ entries (full results updated in spring/summer 2017) 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 this January 2017. One notable highlight is all 4 students taking the boys’ 7+ and 8+ exams received offers either from Westminster Under or St. Paul’s Boys Junior or both! 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 and Sussex House.
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 all 4 boarding schools, including the prestigious St. Mary’s Ascot.
Our 13+ boys are still undergoing interviews and exams at Eton and final results there won't be known until summer 2017. However, one 13+ boy has already received conditional offers from Westminster School, St. Paul’s School and Harrow School and another boy has received a 13+ conditional offer from City of London School and an 11+ offer from Latymer Upper. We also have one boy in Year 8 who received a King's Scholarship from Eton College for September 2017 entry.
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.
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