With the schools knowing in November do you think that they are consulted in any way as a child’s suitability for GS knowing their current school work
Have a look at this from June 2010 regarding a ranking/review process. viewtopic.php?f=37&t=14509&p=188350&hilit=review#p188350
I don't think that it involves teachers speaking to parents. I've only had a quick look at one of the GS admission policies (AGS Consultation docs 2012) which states
Ranking of Children:
2.12 Once papers are marked, students are listed in standardised score order and the appropriate WCC CYPF Committee of Reference will set the automatic standard for entry. It will also list which children should be given “further consideration’; usually those scoring immediately below the automatic standard and children referred for exceptional reasons.
2.13 For the further consideration cases additional information is sought from the primary school Headteacher. This includes a questionnaire asking for the child’s ranking order amongst the peer group, reading age and scores of other standardised tests. It is on the basis of this report and test scores that candidates are ranked.
2.14 Priority within each group will be given to children hi the care of, or provided with, accommodation by a local authority (scoring the automatic standard set by the Committee if Reference). No other criteria, e.g. gender, sibling connections, proximity to school, desire for a single sex or mixed school, etc, will be taken into account.
It was a quick copy and paste, so excuse any errors.
Check your current school admissions policy to see if it applies.