Thanks for your replies!
We now have a difference of opinion!
We feel one is a better school academically, but our DS is at state school and I feel he may struggle to reach the standard required. However the fact he was offfered a place should count for something? Surely he must have achieved the standard required in the exams! The sports are also far better here, which is his passion.
The other school I think may be easier for him; Less academic, more all- rounded!
My Son and Husband want the same school, I am not sure. I do not want him to struggle! But I do not want to deprive him of the opportunity to flourish!
Can't believe will have to do this all over again in 2 years with DD!
I am in such a state over this decision! Any advice would be wonderful
Hi TIPSY is right - the academic school takes loads from state schools, may others do come from its own prep school but that is relatively non selective (before anyone says anything I know they try and select them ... but at the age of 3/4????? - DS wouldn't have said a word to a stranger at that point so I didn't even try, another friend's kid screamed through the whole event and they had to collect her early - the school took her anyway).
I do know both schools and reckon you should go with gut instinct, the one is deffo more academic but not THAT academic and I wasn't keen on the atmosphere (went on an open day - always a mistake
)- but that was probably just me and I know loads kids who have been v happy there. Tuvver school has longer day / more activities etc etc, is in lovely grounds and has super facilities. Honestly can;t say owt about the academic side as never looked too closely, again I have met kids who have been v happy there. Many t come from private schools (their own prep / Grace Dieu etc).