Very reassuring to know that there will be others in a similar position, its all very daunting as a lot of kids now seem to own expensive gadgets like iphones/ipads. Just concerned what impact this may have on our son when he goes to the big school but as usual, I’m probably fussing over nothing and I’m sure we are not alone. Thanks for the link - brilliant!
Please don't worry about the materialistic sides of things. Most kids are very normal. We got my son a basic phone at the start of the year, not even a smartphone or anything like that. He thought his would be the worst, and it turned out to be one of the best! Some boys seriously have brick like phones, like I did 10 years ago!
You get one or two rich ones, but as I have said in earlier posts, the wealthiest people I know send their kids to Grammar schools so I am positive there are rich spoilt kids in the free schools. There are enough sensible and down to earth boys around for those rich ones to have little impact on your boy. I'm sure he will figure them out
For Shells I would do a walking day (its exhausting and cheap!) and see how things go. The trips aren't oversubscribed in Shells as far as I know, and most boys are only doing the camp.