We recently went to both the KECH Girls and KE Handsworth open day. We were surprisingly very impressed with Handsworth (excellent speech by the headmistress, modern facilities, genuinely happy-looking children) but somewhat disappointed by KECH (frosty speech by headmistress, tired looking school &, I'm sorry to say, but somewhat unhappy & stressed-looking girls).
We were hoping that KECH would impress us more as we live nearby & it would have been our first choice but we are now in bit of a quandary.
I was wondering what other parents/children felt on these open days?
Speaking to parents I get the impression that there is a lot of negativity about Handsworth (bad reputation of local area, safety, not so 'fashionable' to go there anymore etc) & I have also noticed that it is less commonly mentioned on this forum than say KECH or Five Ways. KECH seems to be the place to put 1st on the preference form, possibly because it seems more 'prestigious' nowadays? I understand KECH has slightly better results than Handsworth (& surely this is what it's all about?) or is it????
Our DD liked both schools & thankfully we have another year to ponder over our decision. And speaking of decisions, it would be interesting to know whether most parents allow their children to choose their school or will most parents be making the ultimate decision?
All views would be welcoming.