Three grammar school kids

So I have three grammar school kids. If you’d told me two years ago that it would be possible, I would have laughed.

When my eldest announced just over 18 months ago that he wanted to go to grammar school for 6th form, we were very pleased.

Then he said he wanted to go to the school we hoped my daughter would go to, which was even better. But at that time I genuinely thought there was about a 10% chance we would have them both at that school.

There were a lot of hurdles to get over.

First, my daughter had to pass the grammar school exam.

There was a small possibility she would do really well and get into my younger son’s school. There was the possibility she would get into the girls’ grammar she wanted to go to. There was the possibility she wouldn’t do quite as well and she would go to the other girls’ grammar school. Then there was the small possibility she wouldn’t pass the exam at all and would end up at her biggest brother’s school or another local comprehensive.

And my eldest had to get good enough predictions for the school to take his application seriously and offer him a place. Then he would have to get good GCSEs to actually get the place. He would have to work a lot harder than he had previously.

So you can see why it all seemed a bit unlikely.

Then my daughter passed the grammar school test. A few months later, we heard she’d got into the school she wanted to go to. The school my son wanted to go to.

In the meantime, he’d been to an open evening at the school and put in his application. He’d been to the school for an ‘informal chat’ (they don’t call it an interview) and been offered a conditional place.

Now he just needed to get good enough GCSE grades to take up the place. He was 95% sure he would make it. And he was right.

With less than two weeks of the school holidays left, I finally found out I was going to have three grammar school kids at the start of the year. Not only that, but after two years of having three kids at three different schools (which is exhausting for parents), I was only going to have to juggle two schools rather than three.

As my three kids set off for their grammar schools for the first time this year, I was a very happy mum indeed.

Sons, Daughter, Grammar school, Three grammar school kids, Secondary school

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Sarah,

    All three kids where they want to be — that’s what I call success. And you certainly played a part in their achieving it.
    For you, there’s less juggling, and hopefully a more relaxed lifestyle. What’s not to like?
    The school ties look good. Presumably the sixth-formers at the girls’ grammar (or just the sixth-form boys?) have a different style of tie from the others. There’s always some complication!

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    • Thanks very much, I call it a success too! My daughter has already informed me she will have after school hockey once a week, so not sure how relaxed it will be, but we will see! Yes, the sixth formers do have a different tie and wear a suit rather than actual uniform.

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  2. Your kids are amazing…You must be so proud of them. They look so smart…I hope they’ve had a great time at school. x

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! I’m really proud and I’m pleased to say the first couple of days have gone well. x

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  3. Gosh, that must have been a total nightmare having them in three different schools. I do hope things will be a bit easier for you now. Congratulations to your eldest and youngest for both getting into the school they were hoping for.
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! It wasn’t easy having them in three different schools, so hopefully this will be a lot better. I’m so proud of them both for getting into the school. x

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  4. Such an amazing achievement to have 3 children at grammar school Sarah, and you must be relieved that you only have 2 schools to contend with rather than 3. That must have been a nightmare. They all look very smart and I can only imagine how proud you are of them x

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    • Thanks very much, I’m very proud! They’ve been coming home so happy and chatty this week. I’m sure the new school is the right place for them 🙂 x

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  5. I’m so pleased for you, not only will they all do brilliantly well, hopefully, it will make life so much easier for you. They all look so smart too.

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  6. Well done to all of them. They’ve all had different challenges and journeys and done so well. Long may their success last xx

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