Hi need some help regarding my son! June baby,near end of yr 5, always above average in everything. May test results English reading 4B, writing 4c, maths 4c. His targets were slightly higher for end of this yr but teachers dont seem too worried. To be honest he hasnt worked as hard as he could this year, he has enjoyed coasting along, much more interested in sport and friends. Homework done at the speed of light and he hardly ever reads for fun.
He will be sitting the 11plus jan 2008 because i know him better than anyone else and i truly believe he can cope with grammer school and that he will gain from it tremendously(if he passes!). I also believe he has a great deal to offer.
However when i asked for his teachers opinion i was told that they didnt know much about the 11plus but it was usually only taken by pupils reaching level 5 by the end of yr 5. Surely this isnt always the case??
I went to grammer school myself at age 13 as it was then and wasnt even aware of the tests i took, i got borderline results but was accepted. I went on to get good GCSE results and 3 very good A levels even though i was not top of the class and spent more time than i should messing around!!
My concern is that the alternative schools for my son are absolutely terrible as was my alternative school at the time. My instinct tells me that he should go for it but i would like to hear some other opinions. All i want is for my son to have the opportunity to fulfil his potential in the best environment possible. We are just about to start 6 months of practice and he feels confident he can do it i just hope i am not leading him down the wrong path