Thank you. We'll look to other schools then since we know too many people for whom the early GSCE/ 3 year sixth form has caused problems.
That's Interesting , suedonim, because many parents have chosen CGS for the EXACT reason that it offers an early GCSE/3-year 6th form programme.
Over the last 3 years, my wife and I met many CGS parents on different occasions at different places : Open Days, New Student Welcoming Day, Teacher-Parents Meeting, picking up/dropping off at school car park, school functions, library, private coffee mornings etc. etc., they told us how their children got an offer/being accepted by Oxbridge for medicine, natural science, maths etc., got an offer/being accepted by Birmingham/Brighton & Sussex/Newcastle medical schools etc., and others being accepted by Universities in Russel Group.
They (and new parents) also told us there's no point in wasting another year in GCSE when their children finding GCSE not challenging enough, and their children wanting to 'get on with' 4-5 A level subjects a.s.a.p.
I'm sure your girl is bright and can get into whatever grammar school you've in mind.
(Below please find a 5-year admission rate for Oxbridge, sent to me by a CGS parent who has since left the school after her child, yes, being accepted by Cambridge, +http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Education/documents/2007/09/20/100topoxbridge.pdf)