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.