I'm not sure if I should post this here or in the Surrey section but hoping someone can help.
: We haven't discounted the GS route for our DS (all of the Surrey GS's are pretty do-able in terms of journey time). We do however want to keep our options open as he is by no means guaranteed a GS pass so we are thinking of moving him to a prep school.
In our area GS starts at age 11 but most Indies start at 13 so if we kept him at state primary and he failed his 11+ he would have a 2 year gap to bridge (plus a last minute panic of deciding where to send him for those 2 years).
He could start prep school in Year 5 (and for logistical reasons we would pull DD out of state school too and send her to the same prep as DS otherwise the school run would be impossible. She is also bright but again not genius level so we suspect we will eventually face the same quandry with her).
So my questions are:
* Will DS and DD suffer by joining a prep school at this stage Is Year 5 considered too late?
* Are we better to keep DS at state school until we know the outcome of the 11+ and then move him to prep school in Year 7 if necessary?
* Which prep schools in Surrey have a good reputation for pastoral care as well as academic attainment (the ISI reports of the co-eds seem much of muchness to be honest and all feed into similar schools)
* Is there another solution to this dliemma (ie the unknown 11+ results combined with Indie Schools not starting until age 13) that I have overlooked?
Thank you and apologies for the long winded post