DS started at St O's this September and so far is loving it. He has made lots of new friends, joined lunch clubs, rugby team etc.
I would say the homework is roughly half hour per evening (some more, some less depending on subject) He has thoroughly enjoyed learning new subjects and as far as pressure is concerned that has certainly not how he is feeling thus far, just full of enthusiasm for new found knowledge.
IMHO the school have been fantastic at helping the boys to settle in to their new school routine and the older boys are always helpful to the younger year 7's.
We have been very impressed and the school has surpassed our expectations with regard to the nurture of our DS. Please pm if you have any specific questions you'd like to ask, I'd be happy to help.