Hi anxious -mother.
Thanks for your comments.
We also enjoyed our tour at Aston yesterday (especially the speech by the deputy-head!
), but I would like to ask you to clarify a point in your message
I have a friend who has 2 sons. Ds1 goes to BV and Ds2 has just started at Aston. When I asked which one was better she says that both are equally good but one difference is that in BV there is not enough follow up of how children do their work especially English. She felt that her son has not been given enough guidance on how he can improve upon in writing essays.
I don't think we can judge a school about a problem one child has encountered in one subject over just one year. It might be that his English teacher is a rubbish teacher. My DD used to have a rubbish English teacher at Sutton girls but thanks God, she didn't get him for too many years (may be just 8 and 9, so at least not for her GCSEs).
I have a friend whose DS sat his GCSE this year at CH. His BIG, HORRIFYING problem was that his DS' English teacher was absolutley
rubbish... and was precisely not pointing out what the pupils should do to improve their writing. That's a tremendous problem! Therefore, my friend went through two very worrying years as she knew her son would be kicked out of CH if he didn't obtain an A or B in his English GCSEs, despite not studying this subject further at A-level! Thanks God, he 'll be studying for his A-levels at CH.
I wouldn't say that CH is a worse school than BV or Aston because of this Englisjh teacher, though I would like to see this teacher fired from CH. Unfortunately, there are stil several bad teachers pursuing their careers in grammars; I don't understand why the headmasters don't manage to do something about that matter.
I am telling both these stories to show that there are bad teachers in every school - comprehensive AND grammars.
I am not sure your friend's son has enough experience of the school to judge it on this point, unless the mother knows other friends having older boys at BV and knows from them that several parents complain also about the lack of guidance at BV
. Please, could you enquire about this aspect further if possible?
Thanks in advance