A little bit off A.D.D. topic but when we visited both schools a few years ago we asked the question "if a DS is struggling with a subject are their procedures in place to assist his progress". Crypt was very positive, explained all the help that is offered/available. STR was very negative with their response being "we have the crème-de-la-crème" here - no boy struggles". Their is a new head at STR now, so hopefully attitudes have changed.
I think Mum66 has the logical answer - visit the schools independently and have ready the list of your concerns and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Thanks Cazien - when you've got the pick of the crop, I guess it's easy to rule out anyone who is on the "too hard" pile!! I would much rather ds be happy than stressed because he can't keep up. Because of his work rate (ie, it's very good - if you don't mind the wait
), he can be quite frustrating. It is definitely worth a look at these schools to be able to ask searching and specific questions. As you say, a new Head may shake things up a bit. I've also had a suggestion from another member about Pates - it does pay to keep your mind open I suppose, as I had ruled it out.