Reflections on year 12 and year 10
Jul27

Reflections on year 12 and year 10

Another school year is over and my kids have reached the end of year 12 and year 10. It’s been a big year for both of them – the start of A Level courses for my son and the start of GCSE courses for my daughter. I know we all say it every year, but I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. I also can’t believe how old my kids are getting! Another year and my son will have left school. It has also been,...

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The end of the school run
Jun08

The end of the school run

After nearly 16 years, it seems that I have come to the end of the school run. My son is in year 12, he recently passed his driving test and it makes sense for him to drive to school. I don’t need the car in the day. The only reason I need it in the day is to take him to school! But I will miss it. Unlike many people, I’ve always enjoyed the school run. It’s a chance to talk to the kids (or kid in my case for the...

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The Youth Talent Programme
Oct15

The Youth Talent Programme

It was way back in June that I saw a post about an interesting-sounding webinar from England Athletics. With not much else to do in June, I watched the webinar. It was about a programme for talented athletes based at Birmingham University. You had to be, I think, 18 to 23 to take part. So my son was too young. But, during the webinar, they mentioned another programme for younger athletes – athletes in year 12. That sounded very...

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Back to school, back to normal?
Sep24

Back to school, back to normal?

It’s already been three weeks since my kids went back to school. Although they were looking forward to a bit of normality after six months at home, going back to school hasn’t really been going back to normal. Initially they were very underwhelmed by their return. As my son said, ‘It’s school, but without the fun bits’. And school without the fun bits isn’t much fun at all. And it certainly...

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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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