I should be grateful if anybody can assist: We live in Warwickshire and are very interested in sending DS to OSH in a couple of years time as a weekly boarder. How easy is it to get into this school?
Ha, good luck with that. We went through it last year and I'm really none the wiser. I think
Master 1880 was probably judged unsuitable for boarding but they found out we'd been offered a higher preference before they got round to telling us and stopped talking to us.
In theory, the odds of getting in are about 1 in 4 which is not bad compared to some of the alternatives. The difficulty, as you're finding, is that the process is a little opaque. My impression, though, is that the bar for boarding suitability is set very high and for a fairly specific type (outgoing, confident, sporty, etc.). Boarding suitability is judged by interview.
I've been told that some of the preps are very clued up about getting boys into OSH (the only one I can remember specifically is Blue Coat in Edgbaston, but one or two others were mentioned); I think if I was doing it now I would look very seriously at putting him into prep school for the last year or two (I think a few B'ham parents do this anyway to boost the chances for indies) and I'd question said school beforehand about their record of getting boys into OSH.
With regard to Solihull School, a number of colleagues have children attending and all are very happy. In my view Solihull is particularly good for boys and is still finding it's feet a bit with the girls. Having said that if I had a girl I would choose Solihull School over St Martins.
I've never fancied Solihull much but am seeing it in a whole new light today; I'm wondering whether we should put it down for Miss 1880 as second choice indie (after KEHS it's basically down to EHS, St Martins or Solihull I think). We're desperately short of options for her if she doesn't get into GS.