To bring this back to the original question - I took my DS to Chis and Sid today. He passed with 242 which I consider a very decent pass - we were with a family whose DD was a "top 180" and her father said "this is not her 1st choice, she really wants TOGs, we are awaiting the Kent results, and she will also do Newstead Woods test"
The lovely fellow who was showing us around was brilliant - a true asset to the school. The father opened classroom doors where there were tests going on - quite clearly labelled on the door
but still the fellow guiding us handled it all with ease. I didn't know what to make of the school, its a bit tatty in places, the kids are a bit scruffy in their uniforms -BUT - they were for the most part very polite, patient and good humoured at this army of people walking around their school. The results speak for themselves - and I would be very happy for my DS to get a place there
We are returning on Weds eve with DH so he can cast an unbiased eye over the whole proceedings
"See" you all there!