Hi Cathy, I was in the same position as you as I needed 8s for points. Don't worry about noise as you could hear a pin drop lol!
As for your timeline, go into settings then edit Signature.
We have arranged to visit some schools when we are over. My two boys are in y6 and y9. I believe my youngest who is September born would start y6 in January which is fine as it will take the pressure off, whereas my eldest would start either y7 or y8 in January as he is 13 and an August birthday. If anyone can clarify his year that would be great.
Good luck with your IELTS I'm sure you will do fine.