Thank you so much for your post.This will really help us.We will without doubt plan to visit the school next term and see for ourselves.It sounds a whole lot different to that portrayed by many people to whom we have spoken and have tried to dissuade us from looking.
My son has passed the 11+ but the Robert Manning Technology College was still an option for us because they were very open in what they could do for the higher achievers and it all sounded really supportive and encouraging along with the fact that the school was so open and welcoming and the pupils were an assett to them and made our son feel so "at home".
Our primary school headteacher also told us to have a look at this school, before we had received our sons results, but even after we received them and we discussed our visit there he still felt that it might be a good option for our son and as I said it ws only location and the fact that there was not a lot to choose between this and the Deepings, that it was not on of our choices.
We went not knowing anything about the school and were most pleasantly surprised. All schools, whether a Grammar or not, will have pupils that are a little "over the top"(that is the politest way I could think of putting it), just because it is grammar school will not make it immune to this element.