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...

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The A Level mock results
Apr02

The A Level mock results

My son changed schools for 6th form because he wanted to better himself. I was very proud of him for doing that. He could have very easily stayed where he was and continued to sail under the radar in a large comprehensive school. He’s a boy of above average intelligence and reasonably well behaved. The sort of kid that goes entirely unnoticed at a large comprehensive – not good enough for praise, not bad enough for...

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Happy birthday, 17 year old boy!
Jun27

Happy birthday, 17 year old boy!

Seventeen years ago, a tiny baby boy popped into the world (‘popped’ after a very long labour). He was my first baby and suddenly I was a mum. That tiny baby became a gorgeous toddler. He became a big brother twice over. And then suddenly he was a teenager. And now he’s just a year away from becoming an adult! How did that happen? Everyone who knows my boy knows he is a character. He’s unique. We have a saying...

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The final school football match of the season
Mar19

The final school football match of the season

Just two months after the first school football match, my son’s first season of secondary school football is over. After that first loss, there was another loss and a draw before the first win – of 5-2. There were two more losses and two more wins, with my son scoring in pretty much every game. The penultimate game of the season was against a comprehensive with a large catchment and a number of players already training...

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The GCSE options
Feb13

The GCSE options

The time has come for my younger son to take his GCSE options. Since my eldest did his options three years ago, a lot has changed. When my eldest did his GCSEs, only maths and English were on the new 9 to 1 gradings. By the time my younger son takes his exams in two and a bit years, it will be the third year with all subjects graded 9 to 1. At my son’s school, there are six core subjects which everyone has to do, which is...

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