Since hermanmunster and Okanagan have pointed you in the right direction in respect of 'Standardised Scores', I am now concentrated on sharing with you about my experience regarding younger candidate taking 11+ early.
hermanmunster was right in stressing that, 'it is rare that children born in the September who are wanting to take the test early are allowed to do so.' In fact, only 5 younger candidates in Devon applied to take 11+ early for the last 3 years (1 in Entry 2011, 2 in Entry 2012, 2 in Entry 2013)
Having stated the above, my younger boy, born in late Dec, was eventually permitted to sit the 11+ early even though he was almost 4 months 'too young' for 11+ (Qualifying age range : 1 Sept - 31 Aug), and permitted to an early transfer to SECONDARY education. But the process had been less than straight-forward.
The Admissions Manager (AM) of Devon made it very clear from the beginning, 'it's not only about taking 11+ early but about an EARLY transfer from primary to SECONDARY education'. The AM initially stated that either a primary headteacher's supporting letter or an educational psychologist's assessment report was sufficient.
But, a few months later, after me advising AM that headteachers from both primary & grammar school supported my boy to take 11+ early & early transfer to SECONDARY education, AM then suddenly insisted me submitting an educational psychologist's assessment report.
I, however, took the following actions in response to AM's sudden change of request,
- submitted AM a very strong supporting report from primary headteacher only (i.e. no educational psychologist's assessment report);
- reminded AM of Devon's Protocol for Early Transfer to Secondary Education, stating that an educational psychologist's report MAY be required; (i.e. NOT mandatory);
- reminded AM that I had already submitted more than enough supporting written evidences regarding my boy's Maturity;
- reminded AM of other councils' 'good practice' ; (e.g. require supporting letter from primary headteacher only, parents to sign a declaration, agreeing to their child taking 11+ once only)
- lodged a formal complaint to the CEO Devon (Cc Council Leader).
AM replied very shortly, concluding an educational psychologist's assessment report would not be required, because the primary headteacher's report was very detailed and had successfully convinced her that taking 11+ early & an early transfer to SECONDARY education would be in my boy's best interest.
So, 'yes, a younger child can take 11+ early' as long as,
- your child meets the requirements of both the grammar school AND the council;
- your primary headteacher gives your child a strong supporting letter; and
- your child has been consistently demonstrated that they are at a high level, Academically, Socially, Mentally.
(And yes, my boy passed the 11+ and has been offered a place at the grammar school - he is 'Category A')
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