Just returned from our first full open evening at HDA Crayford Academy. I liked it, it seems like a good school. The boys showing us round & doing demonstrations were polite & helpful & seemed to enjoy their school.
My only concern is now that I have seen a comprehensive I really feel grammar school would be the right place for DS
They teach in mixed ability groups in year 7, and in the Maths room they had lovely displays of level descriptors & examples on the wall from Level 3 to Level 6. DS is working at level 6 now, what would be the point in participating in a class with such mixed ability & seemingly 'capped'?
We also saw a list of some of the books recommended & studied in year 7 (literacy) - DS has read many of them.
I know these are probably petty points, and I thoroughly love the tecnological & engineering focus, and of course, the school is state of the art.
I think I will be looking at other schools that stream or set from year 7 if we end up with a comprehensive. Got my fingers crossed for results day!!!
On another note, 2 hours of looking round & being talked at is EXHAUSTING! I'm not sure how many open days I can cope with
Anybody else looked at HD yet? Any thoughts?