Thank you for your prompt and lengthy reply.
I've also only seen the school on the open day as you mentioned it was raining and there were a lot of people.
From the couple of girls that were showing us around they didn't seem that interested and were playing around on their phones whilst on the tour.
My daughter is currently at Chigwell school, very lovely school but academically she's just not finding that it's challenging her hence our options led us to grammar schools.
Great to hear mums from both Woodford and Chelmsford share their stories.
if Chigwell isn't academically challenging enough, I do hope it's not one of the independent schools alluded to in Bananas' post, the academic equal
of which WCHS is, even if it does do it for free.