I don't normally do "Forums" I don't think they are suited to my sense of humour.
Still, it got "Perplexed" a few points of view at least.
First let me apologise about the "sociopath" comment. It is wrong to generalise and I am sorry. I know a lot of kids who go to Private Schools and only a handful of them pull legs of spiders and set fire to old ladies at bus stops.
Secondly, As someone who failed the 11plus I must declare the presence of a substantial chip on my shoulder. It is there despite the fact that the state system gave me a great education and prepared me to be very successful in life. Still, being segregated from my friends and having the stigma of failiure at 11 makes for a certain bitterness against the system.
Thirdly to Paddy's point, dead right! We are comparing schools in the area and getting picky about schools that are all well above average. It just so happens that Ide Hill School is a bit more above averge than the rest. (I'M JOKING- DONT SHOOT ME!)
Now, to the point. At Ide Hill School my kids are getting virtually one on one teaching in a school whose Stats are better than some of the nearby Private schools. Irrespective of the pro and cons of "competitive" education (which we Sevenoaks parents seem to revel in), with schools like Ide Hill, why pay more?
Numbers at Ide Hill school are good, classes are small, and although I am happy to keep it that way I do know there is space at the moment. They have had a couple of parents go off on international placements, one with twins, so there are spaces. For more info check out their website at www.212m.co.uk
Westkentmum, I do hope you accept my apology and I wish you and your daughter well, every child deserves to be happy.