I hope you can offer tips and advise re this matter.
My daughter has just sat her first exam ever at Emanuel for the 10+, and despite all efforts (at least an hour exam prep per day for 7 months prior and 1xhour tutor from Keystones twice per week) she didn't pass. She also applied for two scholarships in case this would have helped her, but obviously none was offered. She attends at a very good state school. I always worried the jump from state to private would be difficult, but at the same time know of many whom have been able to make the cut at 11+.
We had hoped to get into the school as it is meant to be a little less academic than most secondary privates and because it would have suited her personality.
I just wonder at this stage whether the school may be changing and becoming more academic since new Head (previous head at King's College), - these are just my thoughts - but I see they are shared with others here and on mum's net - and this may mean that it is no longer the right school for her.
Could anyone offer tips on any known secondary schools or prep schools in the SW London area, that are a little less academically driven and more holistic in their approach?
I have Harrodian, Acorn, Putney High and the Swedish School on my list, but know there must be many I have not spotted.
Of local state secondary schools, I know that Bolingbroke Academy is meant to be good, but my impression is that it is "business-y" - which my daughter is not... I stand to be corrected!?
Any tips on other local state schools would therefore also be of interest.
Of Preps, St Thomas's Clapham would be great, but seems very selective, so not sure we would be able to get her in at year 6 or 7.
(Seems a lot of private schools close their doors for the year during year 6 (Putney Junior and Streatham Junior) as they're busy prepping the children they already have for 11+ exams.)
Such a jungle....
Any thoughts and pearls of wisdom are most welcome!