DD failed the 11+ - respectable Maths and English sores but something rather disastrous on the VR paper, which unfortunately was 'double-weighted', so to speak. She was allocated a place at a comprehensive the other side of town that we hadn't even been to see. In terms of MFL, the comprehensive only offered French in year 7, adding Spanish in year 8 and the opportunity to add German later on, whereas at her hoped-for GS, she would have done French plus either German or Spanish from the outset . However, for Maths she had an excellent teacher who treated the top sets as if they were GS pupils and generally we had no complaints about the teaching and certainly not about DD's progress during the year.
Which obviously all helped when places became available at the GS right at the end of year 7, because she did well enough in the English / Maths / Science retest exam to be offered one of them. My request that if possible she should be placed in a 'German' form was granted and over the summer holidays I was able to get her sufficiently 'up to speed' in German for her to be regarded as one of the more able in the class at the beginning of year 8
. She is now in year 9 and in top sets for various subject, certainly not struggling.