Thank you very much, Mike, for your info. Much appreciated.
My daughter also has a VR test on 2nd Dec for Upton Hall School which is actually our first choice.
I am glad it is 80 questions because the 2 practise papers she has done have been 100 questions in 50 minutes. She left about 15 the first time and 3 the 2nd.
As for your comments on education; personally, I disagree with private education. I think children are pushed too much to achieve because their parents are paying for it. My friend's son is in a private school (yr3) and from the age of 4 was doing homework each night and is now being given 11 plus papers each week.
I feel that is too much pressure on a child.
Yes, I think educatiion is important. But kids are not kids long and they should be playing and having fun out of school hours, particularly at infant age.
My view is a lot of kids in private schools have both parents working (so yes they have the dosh) which means they have limited time to spend with their offspring. Therefore they expect the school to do the things that they can't.
Whereas I gave up work to bring my 2 up
(my hubby earns £200 a week and we have a mortgage, car, hols etc)
I have always walked them to school (in itself boosts learning) talking to them about what we see hear etc, and have always given them my time to talk, read make up rhymes, stories etc. We have had lots of fun learning.
Both have an advanced academic age.
I think mine will do well academically wherever they go. My reasons for wanting my daughter to go to grammar school are social.
That's just my opinion btw before all you high flying career people have a pop at me!