I know nothing about these schools so cannot comment on them. I did want to say, however that I would never send my sons to a school where a runaround in the fresh air wasn't possible at lunchtime/break time
- boys are like dogs, exercise them well and their concentration and ability to settle in class will be quadrupled (not that dogs go to classes, lol) but dogs always better with lots exercise
- fresh air and very importantly, natural light, is crucial for mental health
- with senior school comes more homework, a longer day, possibly more travel and therefore much less time to get outside at home in the week. All the above then becomes even More important as you cannot pick up the slack at home.
- boys (and girls of course) need the space for free play, that isn't an organised by adults team game or activity, it's bonding and teaches valuable life skills whilst not overlooked by adults.
Just wanted to put my ha'pen'orth in!
Thanks a lot for your response Yamin151.
I quite agree with you in the requirement of open fields attached with the school for day to day use.
But what baffled me is that there was a huge que infront of the school during the open day. 4th Oct was not a pleasant day, it was quite cold, very windy with light rain but still the teachers managing the que outside the main gate said that people are queing from 8.45 though the gates are going to open only from 10 am
Then there must be some very valid reasons for parents to be interested in sending their boys to this school. Are they only academic reasons ?
So I was thinking to get some insight from the parents who have/ had their boys in this school.
Looking at the league tables and looking at the boys, they are better than Merchan Taylor's in my personal opinion. But MTS has such open fields associated with the school. So was wondering why parents are so keen to send their boys to Royal Grammar School Guilford, is it just because the school is nearer to their house and they will not have to relocate ?