Not been on the forum for a while now, and thought to come back and look around and of course I see the nervous wait for exam results which I also experienced last year.
My DS passed SG, AGSB and Ambrose and started at AGSB in September.
He has settled in amazingly well, making new friends and also having the benefit of being in a class with friends he already knew from junior school. He plays a lot of Rugby and the teacher there is absolutely spot on with the boys and I understand all of his teachers are as good as his sports teacher.
The Homework has been steady but not stupid amounts, and most of it has been re-runs of what he did in Y6, along with some very basic tasks (drawing maps of his route to school, one page on his family etc.)
I can only praise the input from the school, with new parents evenings and their communication has been fantastic.
DS has said that a few boys struggle with the work and that they are already being given extra support, so it is obviously picked up on very quickly and they are given immediate help and support.
His first few weeks he was physically and emotionally very tired so do be prepared for these changes and try to be relaxed and supportive - this has been a common theme among other parents that I have spoken to, but he is now well and truly into the sing of things.
Don't expect to be given letters from school, they tell your son and then it is up to him to relay the message (good luck, you will probably need it)
Anyway - to sum it up....
If you are making decisions soon then I couldn't speak higher of how we have found AGSB so far - My daughter is in Y9 at AGGS and this was a long and tough settling in period for her, as AGGS is certainly tougher, though now she absolutely loves it.
Any questions then please do fire me a message and good luck all!