Our experience of KEHS is SO different from Quasimodo's, I just had to post. The work IS challenging, but that is one of the reasons we chose to send our DD there from her state primary, where she was not always stretched. She soon realised that there are MANY bright girls at KEHS and she does not always achieve grade ones, unlike some of her peers. We have always found the girls to be supportive of each other and the high standards keep them on their toes. Coursework for public examinations is moderated by the exam boards, so i'm afraid it is incorrect to say one would be penalised by having more able peers or for seeking support from a teacher.
KEHS welcomes girls from a huge variety of backgrounds and whilst there are inevitably some very wealthy families, very little importance is placed on material possessions. The uniform, for example, is simple and relatively moderately priced and there are very well supported sales of secondhand uniform. There is a mixture of cars in the (often overcrowded) car park but my daughter and I are not in the least worried that we are not in the Mercedes or Audi brigade. During her time at KEHS, my DD has been to some lavish parties and enviable houses, but has never felt bothered by our more modest home. She and her friends enjoy shopping trips to Primark and charity shops and are very down to earth. Everybody's experience is different and I respect that, but my DD has totally blossomed whilst at KEHS and according to her she could not have asked for a happier secondary education. Good luck to anyone making big decisions for their children this year.
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