Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm really not sure what to do. I have a bright child who is currently stagnating and I know she is capable of far more but at the same time I don't want to put her through something that she may fail at and therefore lose her confidence even more. Thanks for reading.
Has your DD herself expressed the feeling that she would find not succeeding a second time around unbearable, or is this what you fear for her? You go on to say that she really wants to leave her current school - this is one way possibly to achieve that. It is a way that is not open to her if she doesn't "have a go"
Two years ago, our DD did what most of her year 6 class didn't do - she failed her 11+. However, as we are in an "opt-in" area, she also did what nearly as many didn't do either, in that she actually took the 11+ in the first place.
Fortunately, In our case, DD did anything but stagnate at the school we hadn't even considered, but were allocated for her; however, when she was given the opportunity near the end of year 7 to try again for a place at her preferred grammar, she didn't have to think very long before agreeing that she should have a go. This time she did well enough to obtain one of the three available places.
Is it "all or nothing" with the GS test, or are there any other non-selective schools which might suit her abilities better and which might have a place available?