The Local Governing Body for Wallington High School and Nonsuch High School recently held a consultation on the subject of merging their separate 2nd stage examinations into a single test. The two schools are part of the same multi-academy trust, and holding a joint examination would result in considerable cost savings on both sides.
What does this mean for parents? On the positive side, it means girls applying for these schools have fewer tests to face, which means less potential stress. It also means the exams are easier to prepare for; with only one test, it is far easier to predict what material what will come up and revise for it appropriately.
However, some parents are worried that this move may unfairly disadvantage children who have a “bad day” or who perform poorly for reasons outside their control. With two separate tests, these children have always had a second chance if they happened to slip up on the first, but the joint examination puts more pressure on to get it right the first time.
As it is, it is unclear as to whether the schools will proceed with their plans to merge their second stage tests. The draft proposals for the 2017 admissions policy for both schools refer to a joint examination, yet these references are still marked up as being unconfirmed. There has been no conclusive decision from the consultation as of yet, so it remains to be seen which way Nonsuch and Wallington will go.