Many thanks for such a comprehensive reply fm. My son is starting P7 in August. he tells me that he has also got level D in English reading and writing. My concern about him trying the exam for Independent schools is his aversion to reading, he loathes it and thus his English is probably going to let him down. His teacher commented that if he is interested in atending an Independent he needs to be more well-read than he is, but how can I change that before January?
I am interested in Goerge Watsons and George Heriots.
These two schools are not as academically selective as some in Edinburgh so your child may be ok. One thiing you could do is to move him to a 13+ prep school for two years where the class sizes will be very small as many kids (especially the girls) leave after P7 to go onto 11+girl schools. This would mean that he would get quite a bit of individual attention and hopefully this would help him. If you went to this type of school and explained your situation and that you weren't expecting him to be a scholar but merely wanted him to be brought on, then I'm sure they would be open to having him. My only other suggestion is go directly to the senior schools and ask them to assess him now to see if he has potential and if not what other independent schools may be prepared to take him. Is he able in other subjects as if he is very good at science and maths then being less able linguistically does not mean that they would not accept him?