Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy
Jul22

Why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy

It’s been over a year since my son left the girls’ grammar school where he had studied for two years. He walked in there with 6 Bs and 3 Cs at GCSE, slightly lower than he had expected/ hoped to get. He walked out of there with an A and 2 Bs at A Level – higher than he could have hoped for in his wildest dreams. Need I even say any more about why a girls’ grammar school might be the best choice for a boy? But I...

Read More
The A Level results
Aug19

The A Level results

So my 18 year old son has only gone and smashed it with his A Levels. Lots of kids will have done. But for my son, these results really were against all odds. To talk to my son, he comes across as a very bright boy. He has a wide knowledge and interest in things like current affairs and politics. In many ways, he comes across as way older than his years. But he has never been good at schoolwork. He won’t mind me telling you that...

Read More
Leaving school
May20

Leaving school

So my eldest has left school. Not finished primary school. Not finished for his GCSEs. He has LEFT SCHOOL. Finished year 13. It’s a weird feeling. Where did those 14 years go to? How did that tiny boy, who had just turned 4, grow up into this big boy who is old enough to leave school? It’s a weird feeling to see the first of your babies leave school. 14 years is a very long time. It’s nearly a third of my life (and...

Read More
My biggest teenage parenting struggle
Mar26

My biggest teenage parenting struggle

I’m nearly five years into parenting teenagers. I now have three teenagers – one of them nearly an adult, one who is 15 and a half and one who is just 13. I’ll be honest, I’ve been pretty lucky with them. Yes, they can be stubborn sods. They argue with each other too much. They’re a nightmare to get out of bed. They go to bed too late and one of them is very, very untidy. BUT they don’t argue with...

Read More
The new school – settling in
Sep19

The new school – settling in

So my daughter has been at her new school a couple of weeks now. And it’s felt like a complete whirlwind. On the one hand, I wonder where the time has gone to. On the other hand, it feels like she has been there forever. It’s hard to describe how immaculate she looks when she leaves the house every day. And how tiny she looks in her grown up clothes – especially next to her biggest brother who is at the same school....

Read More