After a number of years of tricky schooling my wonderful AS has got good enough grades to move onto his first choice of college doing exactly the course he wants to do. He will never set the world alight academically but at the moment this is one proud Mummy!
Riding the roller coaster with DH, AD and AS. Both striding out in the big wide world.
Mum to AS Big Fish (19, 16 years at home) and AS Little Minnow (13, almost 6 years at home), came separately, and now a wonderful, feisty horse who lets me escape from kids with attitude and the drudgery of disability services and a top of the range adapted van provided by the council fulfilling their legal requirements!
My daughter got A* BBBB in her GCSEs to add to the A and B grades she already has.
Three of her B grades are very close to an A: two are only 3 marks off, one only 1 mark off. Is it worth remarking them?
She has offers of a place at school to do A levels and at college to do a Btec in Childcare. Which would be best? She is bright but has some typical adoptee difficulties notably poor concentration and focus. More seriously she struggles with basic honesty. (She would lie automatically to get herself out of trouble for example.)
Any advice or comments appreciated.
Editing to add: she has been home educated so far. She has had the benefit of shed loads of support within a sheltered and nurturing environment aka mum pushing and cajoling every inch of the way!
Its a tricky choice, but I think I'd go for the school option as it would be more structured - if she's been home schooled she could get completely lost in a college environment where its totally up to you to get sorted - at least in most schools there is support.
Mum to three adopted siblings, DD1 (16), DS (14) and DD2 (12), married to MrBop.
My Fruitcake, that is a triumph for your DD and a vindication of your home schooling!
Like Bop, I think stay away from college, as not only is it unstructured, but it is only 2-3 days a week, which leaves a lot of time for mischief for someone inclined that way. A level teachers will also expect a lot of self-starting behaviour too though, so I guess you are going to need a very good communication with school. I do remember my stepson going into the local 6th form, and us giving them a very careful heads up, only for them to treat him as a 'young adult' and fail to tell us when things were falling apart briskly.
Mum to AS (18) at home and AD (19) staying put in foster care.
Thanks for the advice - yes I think school will suit her better as it is more structured and with a much fuller timetable to keep her busy and on track. She had an interview at her preferred school today and they have accepted her. She is excited about starting next Thursday. Further home education for her is out as she is very ready to spread her wings and I am somewhat burned out with teaching her as she is lovely but quite hard work. I feel it is time to focus more on her two younger siblings! And yes that is a good point about keeping in close contact with school.
Fruitcake did you decide whether to have your DD's papers remarked? Our DD only took one this year (biology) and got a D (one mark off a C) so a no brainer for us. DD's tactic to deal with nerves was to pretend it wasn't happening and hardly did any revision :-0 I felt that it was better she was calm and not totally stressed out and hysterical so let her get on with it (or rather NOT get on with it!) So a lesson learned (I hope!)
We decided to have two subjects re-marked: English literature and history. (I thought the B in Spanish was about right.) Her mark in English literature did not change, but she was awarded several more marks for history which pushed her grade up to an A! We also got our money back on the history re-mark, so overall I thought it was worth it.
She started school on Thursday and so far is really enjoying it.