My son has just sat the KEG 11+ (3 weeks ago) and we had planned for him to take another for a private school offering scholarships/heavily assisted places for bright kids.(King Edwards High School) His tutor thinks he has a good chance of getting in and I have to say it was a fab, if not somewhat 'grand' , school. Now my son says he doesn't want to take the test as even if he got in, he thinks the other kids would look down on him cos he was in 'on assistance', or because he might have a crease in his blazer!I suspect it's alot to do with the fact his best friends aren't applying and he has also had enough of practise!strange, that..
To be honest, after the adrenalin rush of the exam just gone, I'm 'done in' and almost inclined to agree with him...but there is a part of me that thinks we could regret it later on. Any opinions welcomed!
KES isn't much different to the KE grammar schools, to be honest, and is vastly different from a traditional public school where a child from a state school might possibly feel a bit uncomfortable until he got used to the different life. There are obviously some very wealthy boys at KES, but there are at the grammar schools too (and they have even more spare cash, not having to pay any fees). I think around half the boys at KES (not
KEHS, by the way, as that is the girls' school!) come from state primary schools, so he wouldn't be socially out of place if that is where he has been. There are many children at the grammar schools who have come from private prep schools. It sounds as though your son is just a bit fed up with doing tests, and who can blame him, but that is life for kids in most parts of Birmingham unfortunately. It would be a good idea for him to take the test, as it is very different from the KEGS 11+ and a lot of children would find it less daunting.