We were rather excited about the Welcome evening and my DD, DH and I went. However, I was tad disappointed, I really didn't know what to expect but I felt we were just ushered around to see taster lessons. I wanted an opportunity to meet the staff and talk, and yes staff were around in the chemistry lab for example, but it I found it difficult to "chat" with all the girls/parents confined in these rooms.
I had been to two open days so to me it seemed a bit like short version of an open day. I did quiz sixth formers, though and by the end of the evening I was frustrated as I kept hearing "the opportunities" but when I pressed both students and staff to put value on these opps or expand in detail I didn't really get a satisfactory response.
I liked the way the HM started her speech - the fact that my DD had been "chosen" rather than passed an exam but other than that I still could not see much of a differentiator between the two schools we are considering. If anything, I went away thinking I really need to go back and see CHG and resolve issues such as nurturing/pastoral care. By the time we left it was about 9.15pm and I WAS impressed by the fact that there were hockey players on the pitch at the time of the night