I have just seen a web site called QE school The Truth which really scared the leaving lights out of me. This site was set up in 2000 by two graduates of QE who were then at the University. The letters written on the theme of student experiences make scary reading. I know that these have to be taken with a pinch of salt; these kids are going through puberty, hormones are raging, feel frustrated etc. Howevet the letters are mostly by kids that have finsihed QE so it makes you think. I will not comment any further on the content; just read it to make up your own mind.
The site was archived in 2001 and since then it has been used as a blog by current students (some emails are from just 1-2 days ago) and this time they make interesting reading about what has happend to our sons written English; they are mostly written in mobile phone format, with lots and lots of swearing in between. Obviously going to QE does necesserily lead to an inprovement in literacy at all times!
This question is addresssed to parents who already have children in Grammars particulary Latymer/QE . Are these schools really that tough, demanding, with copious amount of homework, rat racing for better marks, as you hear (often from people who do not get kids there).
If so, why are we so determined to get our children into this cold and unfriendly environment ?
Any comments are very welcome.