They are surrounded by some excellent comps (with outstanding ofsteds), I'm glad they've stepped up to the mark. Our experience with a DS in Y8 has been fabulous. They also do a huge amount with the local comprehensives, in particular with sporting events. They do have those amazing playing fields, must be worth a fortune given their location!
Hi all, I've been lurking here ever since discovering the forum while googling to find out when we would eventually be getting our 11+ results! I've found the posts very interesting and informative, and I'd like to thank the regular contributors for creating such a useful resource.
Anyway, my dilemma is this. DS did very well in the 11+ and could easily make it into BV, which is near to home and was also my own old school. However, he is much keener to go to Arthur Terry (AT), one of the aforementioned excellent comprehensives in the area, which is also close to home and has an outstanding reputation as one of the best comprehensives in the country.
I've visited both schools, and while BV has improved since my time, it still seems rather stuffy and, in particular, seems rather lacking in IT provision. I'm also not at all keen on single-sex education after experiencing it myself. AT, on the other hand, impressed me very much, with obviously dedicated leadership and competent staff making good use of excellent facilities. It may be a bit weak on the science side though (DS is the sciency rather than arty type). On the whole, though, I'm struggling to argue against DS's keenness to go to AT, where most of his friends will also be going to.
Of the other schools, KEA doesn't really seem to offer any advantage over BV. KEFW, being mixed, would be great, but is just too far away and awkward for us to get to.
Is anybody else struggling with this type of decision? Would it be a waste to throw away the chance of a grammar school education? Any input would be appreciated! TIA