Well after 1 year these are my thoughts.....
Having a son 'somewhere' on the autisitic spectrum I was very apprehensive of whether he could cope with a grammar school but.....
He has made excellent progress in most subjects and some progress in the others. His form tutor, the Head of Year 7 and the SEN coordinator have been extremely helpful and understanding of some of the 'routine' issues my son has and made sure he knew and understood the timetable and the layout of the school during the first week.
He has been stretched in subjects that he finds easier (Maths, Physics) but has been given encouragement where he struggles.
Due to some social idiosyncrasies he can become a 'target' for teasing but the one serious episode of this was dealt with firmly by the school and they kept me informed of the situation at all times.
In my dealings with the school I have found the teachers to be approachable and found the head 'down to earth' and very practical in her approach.
On average about 1hr per night....unless you are like my son and try and leave it for Sunday...then its 5hrs every Sunday.
A certain standard is expected and there are graded penalties if you stray
Expectations are high but always take into account a childs abilities..... effort is rewarded.
The sports facilities are not as flash as some other schools'.
they get a locker but they tend to carry their bag around... very heavy for Y7's.... as it is easier and going back to the lockers is time consuming on the tight timetable.
Although there is a diary issued it is mainly used for homework entries etc not for communication with home. That said, it is easy to contact a member of teaching staff by e-mail or phone. I have always received a reply.
My son has matured during the year and has been encouraged to become more independent in his thinking and his actions. He is enthusiastic about the lessons and has lifted his expectation for himself.
All in all a good year... rounded off with a good report.