We've just been to the local comp's open evening. The idea was that they would have all their best equipment and things out and we would talk it up to DD so she wouldn't be too upset to go there if she doesn't pass the 11+. Well they did, and we did, but honestly
We listened to the headmaster's talk, he was so proud that this year 53% of GCSE candidates got 5+ A* - C inc English and Maths. It is a huge improvement on last years 35% but still I can't get over the fact that almost half the children that go to that school leave with less
He kept talking about how
"We reward the "average kids" for all their hard work, as they keep plodding along but never quite make it to the top"
and a lot was said about SEN children but very little was mentioned about G&T children.
To be fair to the school it was fairly well equipped with interactive white boards in every class, and they have recently refurbished some of the science and DT labs. But it does seem to be trying to distance itself from academic studies. They offer a Dance GCSE (in a new dance studio) and a Catering GCSE (in a fairly basic home ec room) along with "an increasing range of the new Diploma qualifications". ??
They gave us the Percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above in year 9 SATs in 2009: English 81%, Maths 77%, Science 76%. My DD was already at level 5 on all these by the end of year 5.
Nothing he said inspired confidence that my DD would reach her potential at that school.
When we had a look around the Grammar last week, it was the first High School DD had ever been to and she was overwhelmed by it, she came away very quiet and I thought that maybe she didn't like it. But now, having something to compare it to, she see's how much more the Grammar has to offer and says she would much rather go to there. The best she had to say about the comp was "It wasn't too bad I suppose"