Happy mom wrote:
DD is in top sets for all subjects in school – 5a in English, 5b in Maths and reading age of 14 years (DD is 10 years old). DD’s teacher predicts that DD should be a level 6 at the end of year 6.
That is encouraging.
The school does not conduct CATs and do not have a gifted and talented programme.
Schools that conduct CATs are in the minority, and G&T is not the currency it once was.
A couple of professionals who saw DD with sibling during appointments commented that DD should assessed to see if DD is a young carer – DD was assessed and in October DD was told that DD was a young carer and now has access to various services for emotional support and carer activites/advice.
If this process was ongoing through the time of the 11+, and if it caused her distress/anxiety, and the professionals were aware of that, it is worth mentioning.
DD’s school levels were not hugely affected, however the quality of work was affected and DD’s teacher commented that DD seemed to rush work
If the Head will comfirm the teacher's view in writing, then it is worth a mention on the summary sheet.
I am not sure if I should briefly explain the above situation or just stick to academic evidence?
The academic evidence is paramount, but genuine extenuating circumstances that are verifiable are worth mentioning.