Just wanted to say its so nice seeing all the lovely messages about excited and happy children doing their move up and induction days at their new schools, all across the country. Such an exciting time for them. Sure they will be nervous and the move to secondary will be quite a hike for them too, but with such enthusiasm behind them I have high hopes they will all flourish, and it's lovely to see them all so chirpy.
Not so chirpy are all the "cost of uniform", "cost of suggested contributions", "cost of PTA membership", "cost of the bus" discussions! It's all a bit of a shock for the first timers (like me, and two at once here) isn't it?
I hope for well supplied second hand uniform sales and the assertiveness to say, politely of course, no thanks, and to resist what we can. And I'm consoled by the thought that with one in indie on scholarship, and one in grammar, and lots of friends with children in other state schools, both selective and not, that ALL secondary education has become expensive and ALL institutions will try for whatever money they can. I guess we can't blame them for that, but it's not just because we chose selective.
Here's to a a happy September I hope, good luck all