Pushy Dad wrote:
My kids spent the summer term doing about 3 hours a day being home tutored. On top of this was the daily music practice. When they returned to school the exam prepping dropped to 2 hours a day with 4 hours at weekends.
They rose to the challenge and didn't feel particularly stressed so come September I think that they will make the transition from laid back state primary to private without any problems . You don't mention it but I am assuming that your son is one of those naturally bright kids that sat the entrance exams with no serious prepping. If that is the case then of course the new school regimen will have come as a culture shock.
Your kid sounds like one of those that will come out the other end with A* regardless of which route they took so congrats on saving all that money to put into his university fund
Thank you Pushy Dad for not attacking me. My child, like most farmers children, works everyday after school, also has daily music practice, band practice 3 times a week and orchestra once a week. He did not need any prepping for the exams. We are not in a GS area so didnt have that option. My post was aimed at the many,many parents whose children are destined for local high schools and believe that by paying they would be getting a better education.What is the point in almost breaking yourself to pay fees and making your child thoroughly miserable in the process? I hope that come September everything works out brilliantly for your family,( I wish it had for mine).