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The 11+ results are out. We have a number of choices and have shortlisted St Alban and Merchant Taylor, with a scholarship place with the former. Although we have visited both schools and ploughed through their websites and ISI reports, we still quite cannot decide! It's an important decision. Help please :-)
With the deadline to commit dawning on us, we would like current parents in St. Albans or Merchant Taylors to help give us a glimpse of the following:
1 - What are the key things you like most about St Alban / MTS as a parent? What sort of child will shine, progress best in the school setting?
2 - pastoral care - what is the scope of pastoral care and who delivers it? We are looking for a consistent structure of service delivery so we know what to expect. St Albans seem to teach some study skills, Merchant Taylor has an additional tutor that track with your kid and a dozen others throughout the 7 years. MTS also seem to have a career office. I know less about pastoral care in St Alban, any info to share?
3 - G7/8 - what extra 'care' and considerations are given to the younger kids in the secondary schools? Bonding? Taught mostly in the form? Skills workshop?
4 - academic setting - how does it work? what subjects are setted? from when?
5 - co-ed 6th form - any experience on this? Is this a bit of a distraction for boys at that age?
6 - music, sports - is MTS in general stronger? They seem to have professional rugby coaches, a full music block and a new D&T block.
Any parental feedback would be greatly appreciated!!