Thank you for such a thoughtful reply. It is very useful to know how important the interview is - I have hardly given it any thought. It is also very reassuring as DS is small - at least a head shorter than most of his peers - and it is wonderful to hear how well your DS is doing. It's exactly what we would want: mine is highly unlikely to ever make the rugby First XV, but is a competent swimmer, an ace shot, keen on sports such as badminton and would like to try fencing.
We love Whitgift and it is our first choice. My concern is whether I'll manage not to throw myself at the feet of every teacher in sight, begging for a place
I would imagine every school would want to know that it's first choice. I have not done any prepping for the interviews and only told him to be polite and as honest as possible.. how would I advise him on the first choice dilemma in the Caterham interview? Fact is we also really like Caterham and would be delighted with a place there should we not make Whitgift. Surely they should understand that most candidates will have a back-up plan - I read elsewhere on the forum that some DC apply for up to four or five indies. (While I admire that, I have to admit DS just doesn't have the stamina for that.)