I'm new to this forum and feeling quite overwhelmed with prep for DS' entrance exams in January 2014.
DS is currently in year 5 in a state primary school rated as "good" by OFSTED.
However, there were serious performance issues with his teacher when he was in year 3 and 4 (she taught both those years), the result being that DS' year (now year 5) have erratic gaps in what they should have been taught and weren't by this silly teacher. This only came to light at the end of year 4 when the underperforming teacher left.
Head teacher has put in place all sorts of interventions to support the children's progress and committed a lot of resource to the children. DS is very bright and did well in his assessments despite this - currently on track to finish year 6 at level 5.
I am, however, concerned about the gaps that he needs to make up in the next year before sitting entrance exams to various independent secondary schools (for year 7 entry) in Jan 2014. I have a tutor for him who is doing her own assessment, will focus on any gaps and fill them in whilst also supporting him with past papers in Maths, English, VR and NVR. I am buying the Bond books etc.. so we can practise.
But I am still losing sleep over all this and blaming myself for not having gotten wind of the gaps sooner and not having intervened sooner. I blame myself because I have to work full time (demanding, professional career) so was unable to tutor him myself and had to rely on au pairs to help him with homework.
I am a single mum, divorced from DS' dad but ex is very supportive although doesn't have to live the day to day reality of all this. For example, I haven't told him the full extent of the issues with DS' former teacher or the impact on DS - he would be livid as he had wanted DS in private school from the start but I convinced him otherwise as I thought the state primary school was a good one and that we could save our money for secondary.
We have high hopes for DS (he comes from a high achieving family) and I am so so worried that we have left things too late.
He is relaxed about it all and is working hard to fill in the gaps and progress to the required standard.
Has anyone else been in this situation and still gained entry to a selective independent school?
Any advice or support would be much appreciated!