Thank you threekids. Anyone from Wilson's? The reason of my concern is the quotes in the Good Schools Guide:
A wonderful place if you’re effortlessly clever, terrific for robust characters who need to work at it. Parents of bright but sensitive stragglers, however, may care to do a bit of soul-searching before calling in the tutors. (...) It doesn’t always do quite so well by the merely bright, not through neglect but because, ‘only certain people can put up with being bottom of the pile’, though that’s a relative term. (...) strength of character and robust self-confidence can be required if you’re towards the bottom of the academic pack – occasional pupils suffering from sense of being ‘at the bottom end of the academic scale’ as one mother puts it, leave early.
Left Wilson's in recent years. Interesting viewpoint from GSG.
To suggest that sensitive characters struggle is difficult to empathise with. To paraphrase a young teacher who taught me there, who had been schooled at boarding school - he couldn't believe how friendly the pupils and school were. Sure, it's not the brady bunch, but it's as gentle as you can probably come...
The people who leave early are generally due to the fact that they are beyond lazy, and unambitious. I found there to be minimal pressure (if any). If you get in you have the brains to do well. Other than the top 15 pupils or so who are very very clever, a bit (not even that much) of hard work and dedication and you're flying through the exams.
The requirements to move into sixth form are far from onerous.