My DS/DD has been offered a place at Ripon Grammar School, we live in Penzance. Is there a school bus? Can anyone tell us how our child can get there every day?
Is there anyone who'd like to share a helicopter with me to get there? It could start at the Isles of Scilly.
I wonder in some of these cases if the parents have thought of the other things the child could be doing instead of travelling so far. Homework (on a steady surface rather than bouncy bus), sports, music or even
. After all, these children are 11 - yep, children. Mine go to after-school clubs both in and outside school, walk home, do their homework then chill-out by playing with friends (sorry, I mean 'hanging out with friends'). They don't get up at silly o'clock to get to school or get home after 5pm even if they have had a club. Even their friends from outlying areas get home at a decent time.
Could it be that a 'reasonably good local school' could be better for the 'whole child' than 'superb school 40 miles away'? Better so they don't have to travel a theoretical 80 miles to see school friends in holidays? Better so they're not too tired out by the early rise & journey to do the work? Better because they can actually get into school if the transport link fails? Better because they see more of mum & dad & siblings?
I've watched slighly older children than mine progress through the system in many different ways. The bright ones who've been to comp, or started at private then moved to comp, or started at comp & moved to grammar after 2 years, or (as many do here) moved to the grammars for 6th form as many comps don't have a sixth form. What is shocking is that I don't think any of them have been disadvantaged by the school they went to and all have done as well as I predicted in Y6 come A levels (not surprising as all the ones I watched were bright). So CHILL OUT and don't get bogged down fretting over which school!
In Gloucestershire, the grammars schools all work together to share the cost of testing, so it isn't too much per pupil. At least 50% don't pass, and we don't have that many from outside the county just using them as mocks. If any of the schools charging £600 for re-marks want to sub-contract the work out, I'll happily do it for £300 per student