We attended the girls school today and were bowled over! Such incredible girls, staff and facilities!
That's how I felt 10 years ago.
This year in my youngest dd's preparatory school only one girl went to KEHS on a scholarship in my eldest dds year 6 went 10 years ago.This year 5 boys had offers for KES but only one went and he didn't get any grammar school offers, the others all went to grammar schools.The one who went to KEHS was the oldest child in that family.The ones who refused KES offers had older brothers or sisters who had been to KEHS or KES. Unless you are going on a bursary and/or scholarship which is 50% at the boys and 12 1/2% at the girls, parents have to ask the question what am I getting at these two schools I couldn't get at a grammar?
A bright child will succeed in whatever environment you place them, the only question is will they be happy in that school.A school contributes a lot to a child's success and so do parents and the latter will remain the same whatever environment they are placed.If you are going to spend a £100,000 pounds over a 7 year period which is what a full fee paying place will cost you need to ask these questions.