They put a lot of effort into the evening, the guides were mainly the older pupils and they all looked very smart. The new surroundings and grounds were also lovely. There was a polished delivery to everything, which in post-Blair Britain goes a long way. The Head's speech was a bit long for me but he had a very dynamic quality. In comparison, when I went to CHB last week I felt it was all a bit more 'old school', traditional style. The two schools seem to have quite a different feel but that is just from a brief visit on a busy day.
We have been extremely impressed by our visit to FW yesterday.
Our guide was a pupil in year 9 who loves dearly his school... and was quite critical of CH. In fact, though he lives in Moseley, he ranked FW higher in his preference form because he just prefers the school and thinks it is worth to psend 2 hours on the bus everyday to get there
We have been deeply impressed by the teachers there.
The chemistry teacher doing the chem experiments was so great
!!! But not only him! Many teachers were just engaging the conversation and warm.
It really struck me as I have already been to an open evening about GCSEs choices (a few years back) where some of the teachers were talking between themselves and not really taking care of the parents entering the classroom.
(hopefully not all!)
My 20 year-old DD was less impressed than me, telling me ‘that’s normal, it’s the open day!!! It’s not like that all the time’.
Well, OK, but it really seems that the students are supported whenever they have a problem. I am not sure I had this impression about CH.
Do some parents having their child at one of these school can give their first had experience in relation to the support the children receive? I am just feeling a bit too much in la-la land after this open evening!!!
Second query: at FW, it seems that the average student sits 14 GCSE while at CH, there is a cap at 10 GCSE. Why this cap? Why holding back the children in their quest for learning? I am deeply shock by such a difference of strategy!
FW seems to me such a hive of activities, openness on the world, stretching the able students!
What are your thoughts concerning these matters?