I've been thinking about this post, and whether to reply.
My kneejerk reaction was remembering my reaction when initially shown round Pate's when I was in a happenstance grouping with a family from Oxford and a family from London. At the time I was panicked at the thought of all this extra competition (!!) but also at the practicalities they had ahead of them should their child be successful in the test.
Then this morning, exhausted, rising at 6.50 in order to get one son to the bus stop 5 miles away for Tommy's (bus has to go at about 7.40 to miss the traffic, meaning the children are at school by about 8, I think), while the Pate's son can stroll across the road for his bus at 7.45, I thought that this is the extreme at which I would put my child through in order to attend school. (OK, we're raw still from a 4 minute walk to primary, leaving home at 8.46 and it all takes a bit of adjusting!) Then I thought of having to fight my way to Temple Meads or Parkway (not known, esp the former, I think, for traffic free access) and of getting the train (that bit not too bad) but then the walk through, forgive me denizens (most of whom I'm sure are lovely), parts of Cheltenham which are not all of them deemed to be 100% salubrious wearing that uniform all on my own at 11. In a strange town. And then having to do it all again backwards at the end of the day after a full on-day (they do key stage 3 in 2 years, not 3). For 7 years.
If Pate's is your bag (and, as a parent a month in, I can say that so far it's fab) then why not move up here? I think that a commute is fairer on an adult, if work is in Bristol, than on a child. Otherwise, I know that Bristol isn't as good with its schools as it should be (I'm from there originally) but Cotham's OK isn't it? and BGS is free now?
(edited for typo - perfectionist nonsense!)
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