Altrincham Grammar School for Girls selects from a very wide area setting a very high benchmark discriminating against bright local girls.
Another local grammar is Sale which is mixed. Our daughter narrowly missed that too.
We decided to pay for a tutor to give her the best chance. Didn't feel comfortable with it but most people do it so decided it would help her confidence whatever the outcome.
Never really thought Alty girls 'right school' for her as so academic and pushy.
She loved another local school Wellington. We live 1.057 miles away...the cut off this year is 1.044 miles. We could pay private if we really wanted so we are lucky but the preferred one is 10 miles away. Gut instinct is it is too far. Most amazing school..but why can everyone have those chances and opportunities?
We are appealing to daughter's favourite and will find out in May.
She has taken it all on the chin but inevitable effect on her confidence and self perception. I think psychologically she sees herself at high school because she worries grammars are too hard.Was open minded about grammars. Live in Graham Brady's constituency. But more and more think local schools for all would be best option. Crazy that children separated from friends - so young. Judged as bright or not - so young. Put under all that pressure - so young.We live in an affluent area so the problem is masked because a lot of people opt out and pay private if kids dont get in. Shame because then it means the quality of high schools could be better.