Advice sought from members with experience in applying to selective independents from state primaries.
My daughter is now in Yr5 of a prep school. For a variety of reasons, we have become increasingly unhappy with the school. I was thinking of transferring her into a different school for Yr5, but talked myself into keeping her where she was on the basis of "better the devil your know", how can we be sure she will be happier in a new school, etc. In any case, I really don't want to keep her where she is for Yr6 as well so thinking of putting her into a local state school where she has several friends from various after school activities.
However, here is my dilemma. I heard that some state school heads were not at all supportive of secondary private school applications. How does it work then for Headteacher's report for indies as they all require it? Even assuming the state school head is willing to provide it - they will have only known my daughter for less than a term by the time she applies to indy (i.e. November is when report is generally solicited) so what will they put? They will not have history of her termly exam performance from prep (very good), CAT scores, her extra-curricular, etc. So I am agonizing over this and wondering whether we should just stick it out with the current school for another year?
How important is Headteacher's report for private school admissions? We are in London and will be looking at places like JAGS, Alleyn's, City of London for Girls, Latymer Upper, etc.
Thanks very much to anyone who can help with this! Any views would be appreciated - this is doing my head in!!