My children are bright but young (so no SATS predictions). I know they have potential because the ones at school have excellent reading ability (with zero pressure and hot housing at home) and stand out as one of the brightest in their years at school I am told by the teachers.
You've answered the first part about potential ability already.
I am totally relaxed about my children's primary education - they are at a decent state primary which usually sends a handful to GS a year. I feel a lot more anxious about secondary education and I know that the years at primary whizz by. Hope this makes sense and hope to hear some positive stories.
Our primary school is similar (perhaps even better), but the results are skewed and obscured by the massive prevalence of tutoring and sufficient affluence to allow half the cohort to choose independent schools. 80-90% of the children have tutors; many have several tutors a week - each dedicated to a particular topic.
I'm not (fully) bought in to the super selective concept and we have never had a tutor. But I'm horrified that we cannot point to a single comprehensive school within a couple of miles and say no matter what happens, she'll definitely
have a place there based on proximity. That's the only reason we're giving the 11+ any real thought.
If I were in your shoes, with four children to educate, time on your side and a stable option to live somewhere with a genuine comprehensive, that's what I'd choose. It's your choice though...
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