Did anyone else take the Thomas Tetord entrance test this weekend and get the bizarre school tour with no teachers or kids?
A friend had warned us that DS wouldn't actually get the opportunity to look around but I was really, really stunned by the approach taken by the school, presumably they are that convinced people are desperate to go there they don't have to try at all???
Firstly the Head couldn't even be bothered to grace us with his presence! He appeared on a video to explain the schedule of events, the kids were taken off to the hall for the test and then the video carried on to explain that we would be shown around by sixth formers but no teachers would be present as he felt it was "unfair" if one group had more interaction with a teacher(s) than another group!!! There was no hard sell, no discussion of school ethos, not even a "you need us more than we need you" speech... Nothing!
Then the adequate (but not as good as our local comp) sixth formers gave us a tour of a COMPLETELY empty school. Except for a few books dotted around on tables no effort was made for the open weekend.
I really am struggling to see what all the hype is about over TT and I feel a bit guilty asking DS to even take the test. I guess if your local comps aren't great and GS's aren't an option then yes, but we are lucky enough to live close to two pretty good comps, one of which is a new £25million school (Highfields) which quite frankly (except maybe the sporting facilities) blows TT out of the water.
Maybe 10 years ago TT was in a league of their own, but not any more? At least we got to go around it and know for DS2 in 3 years time we don't need to bother.
Is this the school where one of the admissions criteria goes something like, 'If the HT decides he likes the look of you'??