Again it takes all the boys from round here who did not succeed to get into a bucks grammar and a few that did but were rightly impressed with it.
The school isn't difficult to get into in comparison to grammar, but you still have to be bright to pass the tests or get to the top of the waiting list, but aim for a scholarship in the tests anyway, it's only 10% but a great deal is expected of scholarship boys.
The parents I know who have children at both berko and grammar actually rate berko highest, this may be due to the huge amount of money they have invested of course, but they are honest characters and they love the small classes, individual attention and diverse curriculum and extra curriculum.
From what I hear it is very sporty, not only pushes academically but supports each child's needs really well and produces well rounded, well qualified boys.
The boys are also offered flexible boarding....which must be great when you need to kennel the little toe rags for a weekend for your own sanity!
I know 5 boys who go to the school, (3 really well) one who passed his eleven plus, the others who were all within three points of passing, could of easily thrived at grammar, but were fortunate enough to have parents who were wealthy enough to go private after failing to win appeals or deciding not to try.