Warning this is quite a long post!
I have a twelve year old daughter who is in Year 7 at the local comp. She is enjoying it far more than I anticipated considering nobody from her primary went there. She is happy and she seems to have settled in just fine. I recently went to the school for an open afternoon for all the new parents and I was very disappointed at what I saw.
Although the school is very nice (it opened two years ago, very modern and only currently has years 7,8 and 9) the curriculum is quite concerning. As it is a specialist technology school, they focus on subjects like DT, Food Tech, IT and Art. My DD's timetable is saturated with those subjects. She only does maths once a week, science once a week and barely does English. The school works on a rotating system whereby one week they'll do English, the next Geography and the next History...Humanities, they call it.
Here's the thing, my DD did not get into any of the selective schools we applied for last year and we had to take this school as a last resort.We didn't really have a choice in the matter. Now that she is there I am really not happy with the standard of work that she is getting. She herself claims that the work is too easy. I also had a meeting with her form tutor last week who said that a number of parents have voiced similar concerns. She hinted that she doubts that anything will happen because it is, after all, a technology school.
All DD ever seems to do in terms of homework is drawing, colouring in, cooking or sewing. She has not had a single piece of written work and the maths that she has been given is addition and subtraction. Last week they moved onto simple multiplication...
I'm trying to decide what to do. On the one hand, she's happy and settled and the school is so near,we can see it from our house. On the other hand, I want her to focus on the core subjects and don't want her to become bored. I want her to be academically well rounded.
Should I bother putting her name down to do a few 12+ exams? Her father doesn't think we should bother as logically, if she couldn't do the 11+, why would she be able to do the 12+. I, on the other hand know that she has potential and from experience think that it's always possible. My eldest daughter passed the 12+ for an indie but failed the 11+...Perhaps history can repeat itself?
Another thing is, though my daughter is clever, she is awfully lazy. Her current priorities are her phone, x box and friends. Books are to my daughter as kryptonite is to Superman. Though she says the work is easy, she doesn't seem too bothered about it... I fear that if I move her, she'll not fit in in such a competitive environment and will sink because she isn't reallly too bothered and not motivated unless it concerns the priorities listed above.
Any advice would be much appreciated!Apologies again for the long post.