We didn’t get the Dunbar house – but some
good ex friends did! We have warned them not to expect good behaviour at their house warming party. Our house hunting has been prompted by trying to buy a house along the road before it went on the open market. Unfortunately we weren’t the only ones to have that idea but it has made us take the mental leap from putting up with our comfortable but crowded space to moving. House hunting may now start in earnest.
However, it’s not quite as simple as just moving house. I spoke to Dunbar Grammar during the week to sound out their thoughts on the children. Assuming the school could take them, what would they do with our eldest if he arrived in S4 having already done his Standard Grades? The Depute Head went away to think about this and came back with the advice that we should pull him out of Standard Grades this year and let him sit them next year with their S4. So no pressure then.
A few thoughts on this. In my ignorance, I hadn’t realised you couldn’t resit Standard Grades. It’s less than 2 months to the start of the exams and whilst Guineapig 1 should be targetting straight 1s and 2s, he looks more likely to get 2/3/4, so we need to provide some serious structure and motivation for the next couple of months. The slightest whiff of not doing the exams and any motivation will vanish before a puff of smoke can form. The Course Choice booklet came home on Friday and, while I can’t profess to having understood most of the first two pages of explanation (a red pen wouldn’t go amiss, guys), it was clear from the subject pages that the school will be looking for 1s and 2s as entry for Highers. Will they be doing Intermediate 2 in S4 and then Highers in S5? Will they spread the Higher course over 2 years? Will it depend on the individual students? Your guess is as good as mine.
We might find the house of our dreams tomorrow; more likely it will take a few months and whilst we would like to go to Dunbar we could potentially end up anywhere in East Lothian or the Borders (although there are a few enclaves we definitely won’t be heading for). The prospect of GP1 having another year to tackle his Standard Grades is quite appealing but perhaps the most sensible option is to carry on as we are and keep him at Ross until the end of S4. He could then, one would hope, slot into S5 somewhere, assuming course choices would allow more or less the same subjects. It’s really not an easy decision but, if we were going to pull him out of exams this year, we would have to do that NOW. As I said earlier, no pressure!