I would love to read this article but am unsure about setting up a monthly sub to the Times just to do so!
Can anyone send me it please
? Otherwise I will end up setting up a monthly sub just to find out what it says
As for external help/tuition, we can presume that many children from middle class/professional backgrounds, whether at Camp Hill or, say, Tudor Grange, receive a pretty significant amount of extra support, whether from parents, relatives, older siblings, or tutors, and will have done so since they were young.
I was talking to a colleague last May who said he'd even got in a twice-weekly counsellor/psychologist to motivate his ds through his GCSE exams as he was concerned about him not putting in enough work! This child was at a good comprehensive, not a Grammar. I also know many parents who have taken holiday from work in revision periods to support their children.
I have to say I have noticed more talk of tuition in my ds2's year than I have in my ds1's year. In some cases it could be that children are very heavily tutored and supported to get into CH and then have to stay heavily tutored to keep up at CH. This would be a minority of boys, though. And it is unlikely that they desperately need the tuition, but may have been so used to being 'top of the class' in Primary/Prep school that their parents have panicked at the thought that they may no longer be at top position. In that sense, the school's insistence, in its regular reports, on labelling children '1', '2' or '3'. (3 being the lowest third) can be quite worrying for parents and could be the cause of a drive among some to find external tuition.
I have felt bad at times that, with ds2 being the 2nd of 5, he has had far less general parental/family supervision and support than most of the other boys seem to have. I'm not sure whether that is a good thing or bad thing
There are certainly boys I know at CH who genuinely have no external or even family support, for various reasons, and yet do extremely well.
CH do run additional support groups and classes in some subjects for those who need them.