Rob Clark wrote:
Hi Tumpa, I think what you are primarily paying for are the facilities and extracurricular activities. For example, Merchant Taylors’ has its own lake for sailing and its own fencing salon. It also offers CCF, which would give your son a taste of being in the Armed Forces if that was of interest to him (you?). Of course, you can access all such activities outside of school, but there are obviously advantages of having it all to hand.
We chose to go the Indie route because we have no grammar schools in the area (that will teach us not to plan ahead when we chose our current location
) The school has extensive sports facilities, a cadet force etc etc etc but given a choice I'd go for the good GS and put the money saved into outside school activities and maybe weekend/evening tuition as they approach their GCSEs.