DS is just finishing his first year at TBGS.......he loves it
He didn't know anyone when he started but actually that wasn't a bad thing. He's made lots of friends, in the first few months his friends changed quite alot but after the xmas break they all seemed to settle down and gravitate towards like minded boys.
DS is very sporty so has made friends in the rugby and football team as well as the boys in his house/class.
Re bullying, as far as I am aware this is not a big problem, yes there are occasions when they fall out, BUT the school are very very quick to jump on it and nip it in the bud... and in my opinion, anything that DS has mentioned to me seems more like thoughtlessness than bullying.
The school's pastoral care is excellent as is the buddying and split form system on a Friday- this mixes up the boys with other year groups and is another way they get to know some of the older boys.
I hope this has helped put your mind at rest a little, we've been really pleased with DS's first year, actually I don't think it could have gone any better, well other than the bus getting stuck in all the snow, and having so much sport on that some weeks there's no time for lessons.......