I think half the pressure on my DD is self inflicted because she feels she won't do as well as DS, who is at Tommies. Every so often DS tells her so and that really doesn't help.
DD sat a mock recently and going through bits with her I could see that she did know a lot more than it appeared from her result. She said she spent lots of time worrying that she was going to run out of time. I think I'm going to sit with her and do short timed tests in the hope she can focus more on the questions and less on the clock.
Could you turn your DS's comments into a positive? Encourage her to "rise" to his challenge! My DD struggled with timings - so we told her not to spend too long on one question but move on and go back if she had time.
My DD didn't do very well in one of her mocks last year (48% I think), but she qualified and decided upon Ribston. Mocks can be a good baseline guide for where a DC needs help but I still remain sceptical as to whether they have a good relation to the actual test itself (unless a DC is storming them
Stroud High have an open evening on Thursday 13 October 2016 - 5.30 to 8pm. We didn't look at SHS as I looked into travel/transport first and decided it wouldn't be an easy journey for DD.