It doesn’t seem so long ago that we were thinking about which primary school to choose for H, but we are getting to the stage when we will start needing to attend school open days again and make some decisions about what to do about H’s future education. He’s in Year 4 at the moment so there’s still time, but it doesn’t pay to leave important decisions to the last-minute.
It’s been on my mind a little for the last few months as we need to think about whether we go down the grammar school route for H or if we stick with the secondary school that his current school is a feeder for. Luckily the secondary that his school feeds into is a good one, so I don’t feel we need to get too worried about things, but I do wonder if the grammar schools wouldn’t suit him better. He’s a bright, attentive boy and he does well at school. My only doubt about grammar school was his writing, but that has improved a lot this year and I hope it can continue to do so over the next few years. I asked his teacher’s opinion to get another opinion and I am thinking we might put H in for grammar school exams.
Lots of other parents have told me that if you want your child to get into a grammar school, you need to get your child tutored because otherwise they won’t be competing on a level playing field with others. There’s certainly something to be said about preparing your child in the techniques they need to take the exam and at the moment I’m not sure where to start. I think this is where it’s helpful to get a little assistance and a site like Tutor Hunt can help you find local tutors that specialise in grammar school entrance exams. It’s important to find someone with the necessary skills and experience , ideally with a proven track record. Another key thing is to find a teacher who can keep your child’s interest and motivate them through the hard work that they need to put in.
We’ll be doing the rounds of the grammar school open days during the summer term and we’ll hopefully be a bit clearer then about where which school would suit H best. Once that is clear we can look at ways to support him through the process.