One_shot I agree with the schools providing more options at beginning of year 5. My DD asked to sit the exams as we had not considered the schools in the first instance.
It's only when we realised what was involved that fear kicked in. I really thought the exams were testing ability of girls deemed to be at level 5 at the end of year 6 ( which is where we are).
Foolishly I has no idea of the competition involved, 2 years of preparation for some and mega tutoring. For those of us who cannot afford tutors but have able kids miss out on these opportunities as the bar is raised so high by the 'super intelligent' kids or those who are as mentioned above.
Don't get me wrong I'm not bitter with our outcome more angry with myself for not being more proactive/ pushy.
Well done to all the successful DD's.
You should be so proud that with little prep you DD did so well, it shows natural ability and she will thrive in High school. Also the distance to school for both of our DD's will really help-long journeys to school impacts on revision time during exams and general alertness.
Also I like to add many over tutotred children struggle at grammar schools and become miserable, I rather my daughter is happy and receives the attention she deserves. I don't want her to be left behind others and feel bad about it. I know comps focus on ALL individuals not just the academic and try hard to get the less able become able.
Thanks for supporting my cause. I noticed so many people have read my post but many feel shy to admit their DC didn't get through.
All the best