I've always been a bit of a stickler for keeping kiddies in their correct Year Group according to their age. No matter the reasoning put by parents I've tended to be consistent (often: Sid was born on 1st Sept, can't he go to Year 7 instead of Year 6 - no he can't) . I will always consider the rare exception - high CAT scores for example - but generally I don't see the benefits of allowing students to skip years, only negatives. However, I recently attended an open day at a supposed 'quality school' and the two highest ranks both suggested to a parent there could be some flexibility. I was rather astonished, but it had me thinking, how many other schools out there, especially ones that regard themselves at the top of the pile (at least charging higher fees than most competitors), would consider flexibility in Year Group Placement? I don't mean advanced classes for true boffins, but simply because a parent wanted / asked for a change in Year Group.