We have a bit of a dilemna as to whether to stay at co-ed indie for 6th form or leave to fantastic extremely well regarded Sixth Form College. My DS waivers between the two choices and we have to give notice this Friday if we are going to leave. I would be really interested to hear others' opinions on the merits of staying or going. In a nutshell, he has been incredibly happy at school , has fully immersed himself in the sport , D of E , and all that is on offer. He isn't particularly academic and lacks self motivation when it comes to work which is one of the reasons that he feels it maybe better for him to stay on. The teachers all know him well, he won't have to waste time getting to know the ropes and new people, he can hit the ground running with the AS levels which I am led to believe is what you have to do . The fly in the ointment is that there has been a bit of a discord this year with some staff changes which have directly affected my son and have unsettled him. As a result one of his best friends has decided to leave.
There is a lot to be said for moving on to a more realistic environment at 16. It can be a little stifling for an independent spirit to stay on at an educational establishment where they have to hand their car keys in to matron (not that my DS will be having a car of his own ) follow a certain dress code and still be living within the same confines as an 11 year old. At Sixth Form College there are more subjects on offer , new friendships to make however there are also many more distractions which for a child like mine could be disastrous. I have spoken to other parents who have children in the sixth form at the indie and some are happy and others a little disillusioned. My main concern is that my son has someone on his case and plenty of encouragement but it seems that in some circumstances the support is not there so therefore why pay if you can get the same and maybe more for free!
As I said he has been incredibly happy and has a wonderful group of friends most of whom will be staying
After another incident (nothing he was involved with but a decision made that he disagrees with) he came home yesterday saying he is 80% certain that he wants to leave. (Bear in mind that two weeks ago he was asking where we were going to get his suit for 6th Form from!)We have told him that it is his decision but are keen that the decision is made for the right reasons.