I too think the mass meets and show arounds by pupils are a waste of time. My DD did a show around when she had just joined her school as a year 7 and got hopelessly lost. She also wasn't able to answer many questions as she had only been there a matter of days herself. However I think individual show arounds would be a logistical nightmare for a school, especially when the decision on what school the parents will be selecting is a year away. Also, a year in a school life is a long time (head could leave for example) and I think waiting until closer to the decision time is a good idea. Hope you get things sorted.
I have just had a rather surprising phone conversation with HSFG, and just wanted to check whether it tallied with the experience of others.
I have a daughter in Year 5. She will take the grammar school test - because we previously visited Pates when her older brother was at the same stage, and know that if she were to get in there, it would be a fabulous school for her.
However, we are undecided whether to share results with any Gloucester grammars. For DS, we visited them (I visited on a normal school day, DS and his dad on open days) and based our decision to share with 1 but not another on our opinion following those visits.
I am a very strong believer in the value of seeing a school on a normal school day, rather than an open day. As a teacher, the days that I can visit a school are very limited - since this week I have half term offset from most Gloucestershire schools, i thought it would be an ideal time to ring and make an appointment.
So I rang, and they said 'no, we don't do visits. You can come on 1 day in July'. I can't go that day - I'm teaching, and anyway I want to see the school in session, not on a 'show' open day. I have never had this experience before - I saw all the schools I was interested in for DS on normal school days with no issue or question whatever, in fact 1 school did me a special 'solo' tour because I could only make a particular day.
Is this new? Is it normal? Am I being unreasonable???