Hi, my youngest DD is there Y8 - loves it! My eldest is at SHSG Y11.
To be honest I am so glad my younger DD is there. She would never have coped with the pressure and pace at SHSG. My elder DD can cope and is in the right place. My youngest is very sensitive and needs a pat on the back every so often and is supported fully to achieve at St B's. She is in the grammar stream, and her work is on a par with elder DD when she was in Y8 (some of her end of year targets are higher
). I love the feeling of the school every time I go for a meeting etc, pastoral support is excellent and the head is lovely. My DD is quite religious so loves the churchy side of it to (and as a catholic myself don't mind either).
She is very supported, feels she belongs and enjoys going in everyday - not sure how long that will last
It's an excellent school.
Grammar isn't suited to everyone, I have one that is and one that is isn't - hope helps - feel free to pm me