I'm posting really so I can share what we are going through with others and hopefully get advice along the way. My son has just missed out on a place at Bourne Grammar and is 4th on the waiting list so these are nervous times waiting to see if anyone drops out or if we can win an appeal. I've been through an appeal before with my step-son although I didn't get involved in the paperwork then, I was just taken along by his mother because she was too stressed to do the talking and I ended up doing most of it! We were successful that time but it was for a comprehensive school and not a grammar school and I think it was more that they decided to add more places anyway due to the number of appeals. This time I am the mum and the stressy one!
My older son goes to Deeping and has done very well there. He was a "plodder" until a couple of years ago and now he is flying, I cannot recommend the school enough, but he is business focussed and that is also the school's specialism.
The son who wants to go to Bourne Grammar School loves drama, making films, and plays the keyboard very well, and drama is Bourne's focus. He also gets very easily distracted by his peers and would benefit from a stricter regime.
I'm trying to get some understanding of how different the drama studies are at Bourne compared to Deeping and also the potential for playing ensemble with his keyboard. It's actually quite difficult to get information from the schools although I am trying. I wondered if anyone is reading that has a child at Bourne who plays the keyboard, and whether they know what the opportunities are in respect of that?
If anyone is reading this and considering a move to Deeping hoping for a place at Bourne Grammar School. The Deepings comprehensive school is excellent, the Head Teacher has also recently been involved in supporting our Primary School when the head suddenly left and he really cares about the children and their education. I really feel very fortunate that we have the option of both schools living in this area. Last year the offers for Bourne went out as far as Peterborough I am told but some years they don't even reach as far as Deeping. This year they have reached Deeping but unfortunately the next street to us!
I feel that if it goes to appeal and we don't win, then it means that school was not right for my son anyway, but it doesn't make the uncertainty any easier. So for anyone else going through this, I feel your pain!!