In praise of Year 8
Jul25

In praise of Year 8

The last few weeks of school, since before May half-term even, were relentless. I had no idea just how full-on it would be to have one child leaving primary school and one child doing his GCSEs, then finishing school early and hanging around at home asking for lifts. There have been so many events and so much driving around, it has been exhausting. I was joking about it to another parent on social media who was going through the exact...

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The school residentials and the empty house
May24

The school residentials and the empty house

At 6.45am on Monday, I dropped my son off at school for a residential. At 7.45am on Monday, I dropped my daughter off at school for a residential. And now I have a really quiet and empty house. How did that happen? How did they end up going away the same week? I must admit I wasn’t looking forward to it. Having one child away can sometimes be quite nice, but TWO?! And apart from feeling a bit sad and lonely without them, I...

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Amazing parents’ evening
Apr10

Amazing parents’ evening

My younger son is a highly intelligent boy, who has always been a long way ahead of his peers. Now he’s at a grammar school which is one of the top state schools in the country and only takes the absolute cleverest kids. And I wasn’t really sure if he was way ahead of his peers any more. He doesn’t talk that much about what he’s learned at school. I hear a lot more about PE and rugby practise than I hear about...

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