Sorry should have said specifically to Tiger22, the music facilities at TWGSB seem to me (very much a lay person) much better than at Judd/Skinners. Like I say, no experience of those two schools BUT relying on what has been said to me by mums of other boys over the last eight years that I have had children at secondary school. I know a number of boys who chose TWGSB despite qualifying for Skinners/Judd because of the music. Go and look round the school and don't look too closely at the fabric of the buildings. It is tatty as all grammar schools are suffering from funding cuts and TWGSB does not have the same high proportion of private school parents who can help fill the gaps between funding and needs so don't rely too heavily on the cosmetic appearance but look at the boys and the teachers.
Hi twellsmum that's a great insight into TWSGB. We liked it a lot when we visited the school. I'm surprised that some boys chose TWGSB over Judd given that the latter is a superselective with 'Music Specialist School' status.
As for the lack of SEND support may I ask where you got that information from? I have 2 ds at Judd. Ds2 has been receiving SEND support from Judd even before he started Y7 in Sept - the SENCO contacted us in May to provide support for his transition into Y7. I think that says a lot about how good their SEND support is. This, coupled with their excellent pastoral care will help ensure that ds2 receives the support he needs to reach his full potential. Since joining last month he has received 4 commendations so he seems to be doing fine.