My daughter is going into year 5 in september. i would really love for her to go stretford grammar where most of her friends wil go. She is struggling academically(mainly maths), but i believe she can progress with support. does anyone know whether stretford grammar take children from out of borough? what the 11+ exam entails? and can recommend a good tutor? i am willing to do what it takes to support her and get her in?
Hi there, and welcome to the forum. With a year to go until the exams you have given yourself plenty of time to understand the system.
Stretford takes pupils on a distance from school basis (as the crow flies). It makes no difference if you live outside Trafford. I believe a large proportion of SGS's pupils come from Salford, for example. Kids in Salford are closer to the school than kids in Altrincham, say, and the Altrincham kids would not get priority just because they are in Trafford. That said, whilst I don't know how far out SGS goes each year (maybe a question you could ring the school and ask once term starts?) I do know that it takes at least a few kids from the Altrincham area each year, so I suspect you are looking at 6 miles or so at least.
In terms of tutors, we can't recommend tutors on this site, but I second GMan's suggestion of asking around at school. That aside, the preparation materials you can buy in bookshops or online off this site are very helpful if you want to go it alone at home. In terms of Maths, be aware that although the schools state that KS2 maths is sufficient, bear in mind the fact that at the time of the exam your daughter will only have covered 3/4 of the KS2 syllabus and the exam may well cover the whole syllabus. Looking at the GL example papers will give you some idea of what is usually covered so you can assess any gaps.