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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:24 am 
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On the strength of ds's gcse grades he has become eligible for a couple of co-ed independent schools who are able to offer a place if we rush through the applications. He is currently at a not particularly good boys only comp. and our reasons for moving were to get a mixed school and wider life experience and hopefully good grades, (although with hard work this may be the same wherever). The independent schools involve an hour on a bus each way and compulsory after school activities, so out from 7.00 until about 5.30-6.00 whereas the current school is a 5 min bike journey. His more able academically friends are leaving and this is also an influence. We need to decide ASAP any advice?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:37 pm 
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Go with your gut feeling.

You could sit and make a list of fors and againsts, but if your guts tell you one thing and you decide another you/your son may regret it.

Do what is right for your son - not anyone/thing else.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:00 pm 
Clever, motivated boys can get good GCSE's at mediocre comprehensives but A level is a different ballgame, especially if the school suffers from a brain drain at this stage. It is not so easy to do well at A levels through independent learning so the quality of the teaching as well as the general behaviour of the cohort will have more impact at this stage. Is there no halfway between the two--e.g. a much closer decent sixth form college, say? In hindsight, I certainly wished I'd moved my son from his mediocre comprehensive because there was a definite lack of ambition of grades achievable at A level on the part of both staff and pupils.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:00 pm 
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He was turned down from the local good 6th form college as they usually have As in gcse for A levels, also ds feels he is not an independent enough learner for this environment. At gcse we used tutors for a couple of subjects that weren't taught well/ he struggled with and this improved his grades, would openly do this again.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:28 pm 
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Sounds like one of the indies may be a good idea then.....


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:48 pm 
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Ds and dh are leaning towards staying at current comp school and using tutors to overcome problems with any teachers or larger groups. Some posts suggest moving can have some difficulties.


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