. A surprising amount of students who enter my dd's school through entrance exam then do not make it in the top sets in Year 8 and 9.
Why is it surprising? Presumably there is a finite number of places in the top set so not all those who passed to go to the school can get into it? Or have I misunderstood and your school is only partially selective?
You have a choice Modernista, either you can take the "being responsible for their own learning and speak to the teachers when they need to" approach or you can personally make sure they are on track and are making the most of every opportunity. Just make sure you make the choice and don't just not realise what your options are. DG
Indeed. We all parent in ways we are comfortable with. Happily I believe my children are able to decide for themselves how to approach all this and when to seek advice from home; and it seems to be working so far, through both 'good' and 'bad' teachers, none of whom has managed to 'spoil' a subject for them yet...but maybe we have just been very fortunate. Of course I look at school reports and get updated on test results, I am not that cavalier, but targets for me are a step too far to get heated about.
Hope it goes well for your daughter modernista.