Thank you KB for kindly sharing the experience of Ipswich. I like the sound of it. stretch but not much pressurised, opportunities to enjoy sports even if child is not very sporty, music for all abilities. It sounds a good fit. Financially, it will be a stretch, not comfortable affordability, that's why we are thinking hard. (That will seriously affect family lifestyle, no holidays, both mum and dad working all extra unsocial hours
But we are weighing the possible outcome and our sacrifice because what you have written is spot on with what we are worried: indication that he might get into wanting to be popular and lost track ( right now, his only priority seems to entertain the friends with silly jokes and make them laugh :
, being younger than peers is a problem too with maturity). For travel, I think they have bus route towards us, but for seeing friends, we might not have left any time to drive around since we will be working extra hours
In your experience with Ipswich, what is your impression on Ipswich towards average students academically? Have you ever come across any average students at Ipswich among your DD/ DS's friends? (Because one of the teachers from his primary said that, upper average in this primary probably means lowest or lower average set in Ipswich and he might not get any attention and could affect his confidence because there will be not much children below his attainment unlike in this state primary. Whereas in KHS, there will be definitely some below his attainment. ) That's just her opinion though. I am trying to work out a good fit based on experience like yours and Minesatea on these schools and weighing out financial commitment and possible outcome. I am really grateful to both of you for sharing your experience on these schools. And I am really eager to hear if you came across any average student in Ipswich and their impression. Many thanks again.