Kazz: I agree with you, but this is the reason the LEA told me SATs are only used in state schools, when I asked if I could arrange for her to sit a SATs test to get some grades on paper. Apparently, if a certain amount of pupils in a school get below a certain grade then 'special measures' can be bought in to improve the school (whatever that means). Obviously, the exams show how well each child does, but this is not the 'purpose' of the tests
I guess the children are given their own results so that can see how they did as individuals, and it can form part of their end of year report. Its the least the LEA can do after all the kids sitting them
They also said they are no longer sat in Scotland or Wales and are being phased out in England, so there is no longer one for her age anyway
If my daughter was in a state school she would have an end of year report with grade for each subject, which would be acceptable to the authorities here. The reports from her private tutors on her GCSE subjects are not being accepted here, as they have to be from a 'UK government body' and cover 'all subjects'.
The American College in VT may provide a way of providing the right documentation, whether its by sitting some exams there, or attending for a while, and I will certainly look into it.
Thanks everyone for the links to solvit. I am aware the current ruling for children 13+ breaks treaties and all sorts of other things (this was pointed out by my LEA who say they have to let all children, from any country, into school), but I suspect that the time and money it would take to go down the legal route would make this a non-starter
The British embassy said that lots of UK families have this problem, and its even worse for American families - hence the American schools and universities that have opened. The situation for British children should improve as Bulgaria gets more into line with EU rulings, but this will take some time.
If it comes to it she can carry on with her UK distance learning and get a good level of education - but it would be such a shame to miss out on the chance to learn the language and culture of Bulgaria, and to make friends her own age. A social life is a normal part of growing up and traveling to the UK to attend events whilst other children are in school here will be.....problematic
The distance learning college my girls currently use has several students from BG that have been refused entry into school, but none in this area.
I appreciate any suggestions that could help out either with schools in general or alternative social events for children/teens in the VT/Gabrovo region. We really do love it here and I'm just trying to get everyone settled in (not easy with a big family
Thanks for all the helpful comments so far.