Congratulations!! Ark, to both you and your son.
4) Do we need to speak to Reading or slough council or Herschel school to explain this situation
For peace of mind I'd contact Herschel 1st to ask thier advice. They've most probably seen this situation before so will guide you in the right direction.
5) Which school would be better, is it Reading grammar or Herschel, location is not an issue as we could relocate there.
Having looked around Reading, the facilities and grounds do not set me alight! Having said that, academically (results wise) it can't be faulted. I actually know several boys that go there. All appear happy, level headed and normal
. Parents views differ, some still new to the school are all very impressed. Others I know, who have boys in older years, have some grumbles, but I believe that would happen in any school. (Perfect schools are a myth, methinks!) It is a Humanities specialized school. In year 9, the child has to choose 3 optional subjects to take through to GCSE, they all have to take maths, eng(x2), a language, physics, biology and chemistry.
Can't think of anything else. HTH
Can't comment on Herschel, isn't it a mixed school?
(As an aside, I believe Reading LA should be prouder of thier two Flagship Grammars, and put some much needed funds into both. But thats a whole other thread