Dear Have we got it right,
I find it rather disappointing that Reading council, do not take more pride in their flagship school(s. Not having visited Kendrick, can't comment.)
As mentioned on a previous thread, having visited RG, it does not set you alight. So must agree with your son, on that point.
The only reason I have to consider this, is that No.1 son is seriously bored at school, and his results prove this. He is not being stretched, and I believe Reading Grammar will do this for him.
I know several boys that attend, and a few more that have recently obtained places. I've heard some interesting things, but in all honesty am glad that it sounds just like any other school. Boys will be boys, and still are even here.
My main concern about not getting a place, is that he would then be bored at the local, average but with excellent facilities, secondary school.
Knowing a friend who's child was not able to get a place, due to their authorities old 'first preference' criteria, they now regret that they hadn't given it a go, as their highly able son, is now bored and getting into all sorts of trouble to alleviate this.
I am accepting it and that is that - all his points were well made and I know that all studies of same level 11 year olds have shown no point difference at GCSE whether they went grammar/private/comp
You've done your research, and know your son best. He sounds like a sensible young man, who knows his mind. He's made the right choice for him, and as he knows what he wants, he'll go after it and will succeed where ever he goes.
Best of luck