Essex Girl wrote:
You do have some valid points, guest, but it is both the Westcliff and Southend grammars (the four of them) that have this catchment rool, not just the "Southend" schools.
I have various friends with children at different grammar schools and have spoken both to them and indeed their children in times gone by. There does not seem to be a diference in the volume of work set. The pace of teaching may be a different story.
As to the league tables, as I said previously, you cannot expect the four Southend grammars to compete, results wise, with Chelmsford or Colchester, for obvious reasons.
I don't think that Southend Girls coming 281st out of 4,500 nationally warrants calling it a "super-comp" instead of a grammar.
It may be that I have a child taught by your friend at SHSG and I am sure that she is an excellent teacher. Personally though, if this is how she feels about the school, I would rather she resigned. To me, she is insulting the school, she is insulting the very intelligent girls in the school (and there are many of them) and does not deserve to teach there.
I am not offended by your comments, guest, don't get me wrong. However, I do feel it is extreme snobbery for someone to appear to be saying that these schools are not good enough.
A big plus for SHSG anyway, experience tells me that when it comes to happy pupils, SGSG has a huge edge over CCHS (the Chelmsford one).
A gifted daughter of a friend of mine went there. She said it was a very good school but she hated it because they would simply not allow her to be who she felt she was.
The pressure, she said, was horrendous. To quote her ... "Its a bit like being on a lifeboat in choppy water. Every now and then its man overboard and everyone has to go to the rescue and save the poor soul before she drowns on work related stress."
Disagree completely with your comments on CCHSG. Firstly, my partner taught there and has said he has never worked with such lovely children who have very happy dispositions, partly because of the way they are taught and made to feel confident. Secondly, I can count at least 8 girls I know that have gone there and loved it. This "pressure" thing is untrue - yes, they do expect the girls to achieve, but they don't put them under extreme pressure.
You are obviously an "expert" on SHSG as your children have gone there (by the way I have heard many more negative things about that school that CCHSG), but please don't try and be an expert on a school you obviously know little about.