Pros and Cons to doing the exam later. Firstly we are out of area so no choice as to when the date is. The Bucks kids do it in a familiar setting ie, their school with their classmates around them. My DC will have to go to a setting that she will will not know, she will not see any familiar faces. Also having to do two exams in the half term is nothing to be envious of. Actually I cant think of any pros. unless you are feeling their is longer to revise for the test. I dont count myself lucky .........it is what it is.
Agree - the unfamiliar setting can be a bit of a disadvantage in my opinion. For most children it will be the first time they have sat in a large exam hall with lots of other candidates. It was much better when OOC children were allowed to take the test in their own school, in a familiar environment as close as possible to the Bucks test dates. Though not a "partner" school, our local primary had been holding the test quite properly and efficiently for years until they were no longer allowed to because of a security incident in a school where the rules were not followed so carefully.