Hi Happy feet,
You need to keep happy!
The 11 + assesses, preparation aside, a more raw kind of ability.They are sifting out children of high ability to mould and shape.Your son is one of those selected by his raw ability in those areas.
My two eldest Dds are at CCHS. One is a natural essay writer and the other not so much, but still very above average.Since starting CCHS, she has come on in leaps in this area and has written some suprisingly good essays in English and the humanities.
I am an English teacher. (I don't confess to it often on here, as I often post in a rush and don't get time to proof read what I write.Somebody always helpfully
points out any errors)
As a teacher, I would say to you Sats are a moment in time.If he was a 5 last year and is suddenly not, it just means that he has recently slightly underperformed, probably on the writing task.Last year's writing task, which many schools will use as a mock at this time, was to write "a report" on trainers.
My daughter took that to mean a newspaper report and therefore lacked some of the stylistic features required for a high 5 .She still got a 5, but not as good as her mock marks.
She also, happily, was not at a school that prepped and prepped every possible format of writing task, so therefore a report was new to her.
I took the view that "Hooray you have got into CCHS...Sats- don't worry. Just do your best!" KEGS and CCHS do not stream, so it means relatively little to them.If anything it gives them a chance to prove more value added. The teacher assessments will follow them too, but quite honestly the secondary schools take it all with a large pinch of salt and re assess them anyway in their first term.
He will not struggle because of one slightly disappointing SATS predicted
grade.KEGS is an excellent school.If he has any real gaps in his writing skills they will, through excellent teaching, bring the very best out of him.
Keep your feet happy.