So sorry everybody, new to all of this and feeling a bit intimidated by what I've read through to date... gulp
I have a boy in year 4 and am starting to explore the whole grammar option (..option?!..). Firstly I'd really appreciate if you could pm me on potential tutors in the area - it certainly sounds like they are a closely guarded secret and a small select group! (another gulp). I've looked at the listings in the directory (all 2!) but I think it would be invaluable to hear from other parents first hand. I will also explore the home tutoring option, but am slightly wary of this approach as my ds and I seem to be increasingly locked in battles over homework/music practice etc and I'm not sure how beneficial this will be to our relationship...not going to rule out this option yet, however. I suppose what is making me feel uneasy at this stage is that I'm really not sure that M is grammar school "material", if one can bluntly categorise as such. He is probably what you would term a solidly slightly above average boy with occasional spurts of brilliance (...perhaps too strong a word
). Parents evening is coming up soon and I will chat further to his teacher, but the state system seems to be somewhat out of touch with the requirements and expectations of the grammar system. Our locality means that we would not automatically be offered a place at the better state secondaries in the area. So should one go down the grammar route because as a "responsible" parent, you need to cover all bases? regardless of whether you feel your child perhaps has the necessary academic ability? Is it too soon/unfair to categorise him? Feeling a bit unsure on this whole issue - I'd value your comments and suggestions.