Hello all parents with sons at a Grammar School and to those who are entering their sons for the Eleven Plus.
My son is now entering Year 13 at KE VI Aston and I thought I'd let you know how it's gone, so that you can make a better informed choice.
My DS had no tutoring for the exams and didn't get accepted to KEGS (by two marks), but did get offers from our first choice KE VI Aston, QMGS and KEFW. He had good SAT results in Year 6, but not stellar and so I was worried about how he might keep up.
I needn't have been concerned. His first 2 years were very encouraging and he gained super results. In his third year, he slumped somewhat, but was still doing okay. In the end, his GCSE results were good (7 A*s, 2 A's and a couple of B's).
I was unsure about him staying there for 6th Form, but I didn't need to worry as it has been the making of him! He has matured into a wonderful young man, with a great character, immense motivation and amazing prospects for both University and his passion, sport.
He has been supported by the school to become an elite athlete and is currently being coached by a Team GB coach and is looking to compete in the European and World Championships! He is very passionate about going to Loughborough University to study Criminology and Social Policy so that, should he not become an Olympic gold medallist, he can join the Met Police or MI6.
KE Aston VI is a lovely school, very informal and supportive, with enough challenge to get the best out of the boys. My DS loves going to school and is already sad that it's his last year. It is a great environment to develop the whole child, not just an exam-factory!
If you are looking at options for your son, I really recommend this school. It sometimes seems a little puritanical, but it's really very relaxed and extremely friendly