I have been following the posts since last one year and it really gives good insight on many topics.
Today, I thought to join the forum as was really getting very confused over the choice of the school for my daughter.
we live in bromley, but since this is a rented accommodation, we are free to move anywhere. Daughter has cleared the NW test , Bexley and Kent tests with good scores (above the cutoffs for OOC for most of the schools). This is where the trouble ticks in.
We visited all the schools and liked them, daughter liked Dartford Grammer, TOGS and NW.
I am now little confused as to what should be the order in the CAF, I am quite hopeful she will get the first or the second choice based on the last year cut offs.
My questions would be -
1. Is TOGS worth all the pain, that we move to Tunbridge ?
2. Is IB the future model to be used in UK over A levels ?
3. Based on recent issues heard about NW, is it still a good choice for the overall development of the child. I have heard all the focus is on academics and not over all development which is a must for university places later on ?
4. Is Dartford a good balance of academics as well as overall development ?
Sorry, I am asking a lot of things in one post, but believe me I was just thinking and thinking and getting mad, so thought to ask you all here. May be someone might have experienced a similar dilemma as me.
Thanks a lot for reading it. I would appreciate some of the parents to comment about TOGS, NW or DGGS as to how their kids are liking the schools.
Best of Luck to everyone,
I am in same boat between TOGS, Colchester grammar, Colyton in exeter
I am going mad aswell same as you
Haven't visited dartford girls as their ranking in 2015, 2014, 2013
Not great as our other choice
I have been told by lot of people that IB suits well for able and talented children
Yes it's lot of work since they have to do 6 subjects rather than 4 in A level
Even level 5 in IB got 2 medicine seats in exeter and Leeds according to chemistry Head of the department in TOGS this year.
but it's bit harder with Alevel equivalent level B to get medicine seat in exeter or leeds
So we kept TOGS in one of choices
But hard to decide between Colchester and Colyton
Hope some one can help
DD didn't like the feel of the Colchester
But colchester does well in ranking comparison with Colyton
In Times Ranking
Colchester upwards 12 to 7
Colyton downwards not huge difference
24 to 25
Tonbridge 6 to 10
Telegraph league table is wrong in tonbridge grammar ranking