Hi, I'm totally new to this forum and still learning ropes on admission process etc. My DD is Year 4, doing quite well above her age level. She is in a state primary school but both DH and I come from public/grammar background, and really want to have independent school as a serious option for the secondary level. Her school participate in online math programme called Whizz, her teachers (both current, last year's and headmistress) are quite encouraging and think she'll do well but said they can't really provide different coursework or additional support understandably. From the class of 35, there usually is 2 or 3 kids who go to independent sector (very rarely selective grammar) but most others go to local state secondary. We have previously bought a few practice papers from Bond, but considering getting her a tutor toward 11+/common entrance exam. Sorry for a long-ish intro, but my questions are
1. At what age is it appropriate to start tutoring? Is summer btwn Yr 4-5 too early/waste of money? Wait till Yr 5?
2. Should I just consider using Bond or similar books? She's strongest on maths and non-verbal, weakest on English, esp composition.
3. Her school is not that keen on "topping up". They're supportive but the class teacher told me that she would be loathe to see my DD bored and not paying attention in the class because she has learned the topic beforehand.
4. If we go for the tutor route, do they cover all subjects? Is group (or shared) tutoring a viable option? (I think there's another mum aiming to get her daughter to a grammar school.)