Lunch is apparently amazing. They have a curry bar and panini's are popular. Most kids eat lunch at late break time so they can fit in lunchtime clubs. I do believe that there can be queues at this time and so getting there early is a must. There are plans afoot for a brand new refectory (state of the art by all accounts). http://www.pates.gloucs.sch.uk/index.ph ... anned-work
Girls uniform, pale grey skirt (supposed to be knee length) a black blazer (there will be some second hand ones available for sale closer to the admission time) with school logo on the pocket. WHite shirt and black/grey/red striped tie. The PE kit causes more issues, especially the sizing for skorts (do get advice from parents of DD's before you buy). Kit is bought both online (for sport) and at The Famous in Cheltenham for blazers etc.
When we asked about discipline we were informed that there are really no formal rules at school and that pupils naturally gravitate to good behaviour if they are not well behaved in the first instance. Let's be honest they should know about respecting others (the basics of most school discipline policies) by age 11/12 and if not...oh dear
. If there was an issue I would speak to form tutor.
As for help when falling behind, not seen hide nor hair of that. We were assured at one meeting that the kids will be able to keep up and do the work. DS1 is sometimes unsure about maths, and my DH has had to help him out (my weakest area). I would be interested to know the reply to that question myself so if you find out, let us know!
Clubs and lunchtime activities kick in about week 3 when they are sent an e-mail on the intranet at school. They seem to be run mainly by the 6th form. DS does Writing Club but there is Art, Drama, Lego (I think), Chess, Computer Programming etc. I do believe there are also staff run clubs such as Science Club, Latin and Mandarin (someone correct me if I am wrong)
I hope I am not spoiling it for you all!
PS. the litmus paper is in the third drawer on the left. Good luck!