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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:52 pm 
Hi ,
Does anyone have any views/experience of ROYAL LATIN V AYLESBURY GRAMMAR (BOYS}? I live within catchment for R.L.S. and automatically pu t it down as first choice.Am now unsure as to whether I'VE done the right thing.
My main concern is if it is as disiplined as the boy's grammar in aylesbury,and also am a little concerned re the teenage years and disruption in studies due to hormones playing havoc with the opposite sex! I know the boy's grammar are quite strict re academic expectations.For instance a friend's son was there for 5 years achieved 3 grade B in his GCSE plus 3 c's and a D,they refused to have him back as they said the reguirements are 4B's to enter the sixth form.Whereas, the R.L.S. will accept 3'B'S to enter the sixth form! Surely as they are all grammars ,shouldn't the admission criteria be the same?
Does anybody else have these concerns/views /experiences of either schools, will value your opinion.Or am I the only paranoid mother out there!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:18 pm 
Yes, I had similar thoughts, am in catchment for RLS but my son and I were very impressed by AGS. However, we really liked RLS as well and finally settled on putting it at the top of our form - mainly because of the journey which sounds a weak reason but....we live in a small village and in normal time the journey to Aylesbury would be ok-ish, an early start, a car ride to the bus stop and on the journey back a similar scenario. However, if the boys then decide to partake in sports or after school clubs they could in all probability miss the later school bus and the local Arriva (or similar) bus only runs once near to our village during the late afternoon, so it would mean us having to trundle into Aylesbury in the rush hour to pick him up.

We then did a dummy run and the return journey on this particular evening return took 80 mins. Fine, every once in a while but one of the boys showing us around who also lived in a village near us said he regularly missed his transport and sat in the school library doing homework til 6.30 waiting for his parents lift and said it was the down side of living a long way away.

I have older step kids and my husband has been there and done it all before, he says the worse situation was when his first batch of kids did not go to the catchment school but to a school a distance away and then found friends the same distance again away from the school in other direction so weekends, holidays etc. were spent dropping them off miles away - I suppose we could insist on them only finding friends with certain local post codes to save on our time and petrol!!(hahaha)

I must admit I am not really considering A levels as that seems a long way off and a lot could happen. My son has sisters and girl cousins so the girls v boys thing, if they went to an all boys school did not seem a problem. As I've already said, if the transport of children to AGS suddenly improved for us personally, it would have made the final decision harder.

I am sure there must be a few parents out there who actually have kids at RLS and wish they would have sent them to AGS and vice versa, so as you say, it will be interesting to hear what they have to say.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:58 pm 
Hi,
Yes , the children we met at A.G.S. esp those who made a speech at the open evening seemed really articulate , also those welcoming parents to the school etc. They could have picked the best pupils I know! R.L.S. on the other hand my son just loves.The grounds, the set up, facillities, the fact that they can also do cookery!
I think all things considering, we have made the right choice as we are just 10 mins walk from the school, and most importantly it is my son's
PREFERENCE.... A HAPPY CHILD WILL FLOURISH.


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 Post subject: RLS suits just fine.
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:06 pm 
I've got 3 at the Latin - all happy. Lots of opportunities. This week between them they've had Les Miserables rehearsals, debating club, choir, band, 3 music lessons and last week they performed at the opening of the Derngate. one of them was also allowed time off for a professional music engagement this week.
The last years GCSE and Key Stage 3 results were outstanding and yet emphasis is placed on all round achievement not just academic - I get the feeling this is a school on the up!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:26 pm 
I think you're right , the children definately seem very happy ,and there is a lovely 'feel' to the school.


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