The irony is that once at Grammar the goal posts shift and because my DSs writing was comparatively poor to the rest of the class he is finally getting the support he probably should have had years ago. This is unlikely to have happened had he gone to our local comprehensive.
This was not the case with us, whilst DS certainly stood out because his writing level was low (3a) in Y7 at GS, I was told by excellent SENCo and Ed psych, that they had to prove he was working below the national average level - not just compared to peers at GS, otherwise he was not entitled to any extra help or extra time in exams. I am a teacher and know this is correct and of course when he was younger he did not stand out as much and was relatively not far behind average - the gap widens as children grow older and progress. Most made average progress, he didn't so fell further and further behind. If he had gone to a comp he would have been entitled to the same help. He is about to go into Y10 and will have a reduced timetable next year.
My DS2 (Y7) with similar problems is at a secondary modern and is in the top groups, he is about to be formally assessed so his needs can be met, even though he finished KS2 with level 5s.