Hi ssingh77 , my DS is in year 10 ( first year gcse) . Compared to the school he came from obviously this is much bigger . He settled in very well and to be honest he seems to just get on with school life. The head who is leaving this year is amazing , same goes for the staff. Teachers are very easy to communicate with , if you email or call them and leave messages they get back to you quickly.
Uniform was easy to get hold of, pe, hockey cricket kits and school uniform . My DS had school lunch for first couple of years but found he spent longer lining up than sitting eating so now takes pack lunch. He doesn't need to go to the lunch hall to eat this.
The journey for us is 11 miles one way and depending on the traffic sometimes and hold ups can be rather annoying , but on days he gets train this is very straight forward from university station.
They have numerous number of optional trips on offer, and also clubs too.
It is a shame that this school do not have a PTA uniform sales, which I did try and set up but with little joy.
Homework is given most days and does increase as years go on.
Parents evening are once a year, and so are written reports, but at the end of each term a score of effort and attainment table is sent out .
Anyway hope this was helpful, good luck . Ps if your DS needs a rugby kit we have a brand new set you are welcome to probably only wore it once.
Fountain thank you for all of that. It's much appreciated. My son is playing rugby at the moment for Warley Rugby Club.
I think the drive would be about 25-35 minutes for him daily.
Do you find there is a lot of pressure on the children to achieve high grades?