Hi chazz I have two sons from out of borough at SHSB. My eldest son is very sporty and was immediately attracted to SHSB because of all their sporting achievements. We liked both schools so we allowed him to choose. He truly loves the school. He was a quiet, shy young man when he first started but made a great group of friends and settled in very quickly and has never looked back. DS number 3 isn't at all sporty but also loved SHSB and from what we knew of the school we thought it would suit him too. He also has a great set of friends and thoroughly enjoys his time there. He is musical and is intending to get more involved in that side of things as his trumpet playing improves. I should mention neither of my sons knew anyone at the school before they started. From what I hear WHSB is also a great school and I know some lovely boys who go there and they are very happy. I was chatting with a friend whose son goes to WHSB the other day, she was saying they get a lot of homework whereas SHSB tend to ease them in over the first couple of years. As far as results go I don't think there is much in it. I know that SHSB did very well in the A'level tables this year but I am sure WHSB would have done very well too. I honestly think you cannot go wrong with either school. Have you looked at travel arrangements? This may be a factor in helping you to make a decision. Does he suit a green jacket or a blue one?
I always joked with my sons that they suited the colour green that's why we went for SHSB. Good luck with your decision. Whichever one you decide to put top I am sure it will be the right decision for your son. If you have any particular questions I would be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge.