We did the interview. My son said his part went well, English and Maths; the English teacher seemed impressed that he was reading The Count of Monte Cristo - which he is (or was I think he's finished now).
My interview with the Head seemed OK, it went very quickly. I wanted to say so much about my son's interest in astronomy, Latin, judo, computers, Scouts (youngest ever Patrol Leader locally) etc. etc., but none of that came out.
The Head really seems a very nice chap, very committed and genuinely interested in the broad development of the pupils. Which is what I wanted to hear. He talked about the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, which is exactly the sort of thing that has pushed us towards the school.
Anyway, he confirmed that they would be offering my son a place and a few days later we got a letter confirming this and a scholarship.
The scholarship will push us more towards Brentwood, not just because of the money, but also as the recognition of my son as a potentially advanced student hopefully means he'll be pushed hard academically, which he does need.
We all already like the school a great deal, but I guess we have to see if KEGS make an offer in three weeks.
I wonder if many people turn KEGS down?
Everyone I speak to say we would be mad to turn KEGS down (not because of the money, but because of the academic success - they will obviously push him hard! (if he gets an offer!!)), but part of me wants NOT to get that offer as that makes the decision for us. But in truth, we would like the option - a very good friend of mine, a KEGS old boy from 50 years ago, says he will turn up on my doorstep to try to change our minds if we look like turning KEGS down!
I must say that I probably will need to go around KEGS again (is that possible? We will only have 3 days I believe!!).
I went to the KEGS "talk", by the outgoing Head (I think he is going to Felstead, which also looks brilliant but is too far away and quite a bit dearer than Brentwood), but I got the feeling KEGS is a very small school, with poor facilities and a bus ride away to the playing fields...
Specifically, on the Open Day I remember thinking "Is this THE library??" It was tiny and the range of books available was poor...
I really don't think they sold the school well enough (maybe reputation was enough - but I felt disappointed, maybe there is much more to it).
They may be 4th in the country for A Levels, and everyone on this site speaks in volumes about the teaching and how much the pupils love it, but I was hugely under whelmed when I went round. I thought "Is that it?"
Maybe they need to improve the tour, but then again, if they are 10 times oversubscribed, maybe they don't!!
Roll on 3rd March, but at least we know we have a fantastic option, Brentwood, in the bag already!
Any comments would be VERY grateful. Sorry if you think I am talking KEGS down... I don't wish to denigrate what is clearly a great school, but as with everyone else here, it is all about what is right for my son.