Hi, To be honest in my opinion I think it is the cohort rather than the teaching that makes the difference. (Teaching I have found to be both good and not so good at both Grammar and HighSchool) Having a similar range of ability children who mostly have parents who want them to acheive to the best of their ability makes things run more smoothly. Six years ago I would have swam through **** or high water if it would have guaranteed my DD that place at a Grammar, fortunately after months of anguish, like most of you are feeling right now, my prayers were answered! Now we are facing sixth form decisions, it is Local High School V Grammar. Believe it or not my Dd and myself are both in agreement that the Local High School has the edge, the teachers were extremely enthusiastic and encouraging, the place was vibrant and happy, the courses on offer varied but the subjects my daughter wishes to take were available at both schools. Whilst the Grammar needed a higher GCSE grades for entry the courses my daughter wants to take required the same grade level at the High school, which would indicate similar ability students on the course. Now next year my DS will be sitting for a Grammar school place, will I still be anxiously waiting biting my nails in the hope of that coveted prize ? You bet I will, as for me whilst they are young and impressionable and still needing that extra push, there is no better place than a Grammar for keeping them focused.
Thanks, your views does put things in perspective. I was quite amused with the fact some poster were more interested in the academy that i was talking about rather putting forward some good points about grammar schools.made me wonder a bit.....
Maybe in another few years, i would be able to reflect like yourself above. But certainly thanks for your input.