Hi Sahara1 (= Aquacarey )
Well done to your DS if he has to choose between these two excellent schools!
Now, it is up to you to do the HW:
- will your DS be a musician? (though CHB has also formed boys who are now successful careers in music, especially Jamie Phillips http://jamie-phillips.com/
and some others too)
- does your DS wish to become a sportman and compete in the Olympic Games? Pupils at indies are at an advantage for that.
- does your DS wish to study Latin or Ancient Greek?
The Number of A/A* B's are extremely high 70%+
idem at CHB
Aquacarey, you have to do the HW yourself and compare results with these two links over several years:http://www.kes.org.uk/exam-results.htmlhttp://www.camphillboys.bham.sch.uk/about/exam-results/
A few years, KES switched to IB so you have also to ask you questions about this qualification; and to compare A level results you have to go back a few years as you cannot compare A level results with IB results
These people will know very well the requirements for entry to medical school and how a very high GCSE scores, can means less trouble with the UK clinical aptitude test for example.
Of course staff at CHB knows about that too and can advice properly. You make me laugh, PP!!! How can the beauty of the grounds at a public school make you so biased? You fell for it!!
(kind laugh I have to emphasise
as I was also impressed by the grounds at KES and when my DS asked to go there when he was touring the school in year 5, I told him he will go there if he got a scholarship. Of course, I would never have guessed he would get a scholarship, I just wanted to make him work hard on his 11+ prep and the grounds at KES has been a good motor!!! )
That's food for thoughts also if need extra tution if KES then it's tution on top of fees.
yes, you have to take this into consideration as many parents chase the A* as the 'sesame word' to open the door for some competitive course at university. Like in a prep school, many parents still pay private tuition on top of the fees. Nowadays, unfortunately, this happens in many GS too when exams loom!! Actually, I ask myself if there has not been an increase of private tuition since ten or twenty years...
I had never noticed this mentality in the time of my DD being at GS (that said, I was a bit isolated at that time and did not know all the people I now know. So my perception may be not objective)
It is a hard choice. Explore well the two websites and try to visit again the two schools armed with your list of questions. Good luck!