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Torquay Grammar for boys v Churston Grammar -

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zookeeper Sun 17-Jul-11 14:38:09

I'd really appreciate some thoughts - I'm a single mum with three dcs and don't now what I should be looking for in a school or what questions I should be asking.

My 9 year old DS is very bright but rather lazy and can be quite arrogant. He can also be very sensitive and kind. He isn't terribly popular amongst his male peers at school as far as I can see.

He gets on really well with his siblings, a boy and a girl aged 7 and 6.

My DS's teachers have suggested he should try for the 11 plus and so he is having weely classes but I am not sure which (if any) school he should go for.

I'm not sure whether he would thrive or shrivel in a single sex school and I worry he might be bullied.

Has anyone any thoughts about single sex schools and any knowledge of these two schools?

I am due to go to the open days soon but I really don't know what I should be asking or looking for. I feel completely out of my depth

zookeeper Sun 17-Jul-11 17:29:04


zookeeper Sun 17-Jul-11 17:32:13


bubbles4 Sun 17-Jul-11 17:44:54

Hi,dd is at Torquay girls grammar which has strong links with the boys school.The boys school is reportedly a very good school producing excellent exam results.Dd thrives in an all girls school but she does have three brothers.
Will you be taking ds with you to the open days?If so let him have a look at both and see what he thinks.We gave dd the choice of eleven plus or local comp,she chose the eleven plus and has never looked back.
The other thing to consider is the high number of applicants for places ,so it would be a good idea to have a look at the local comps,if he didnt manage to get in to the grammar schools.

ps dn went to Churston and did fantastically training to be a teacher.

zookeeper Sun 17-Jul-11 21:14:56

Thanks bubbles

LadyWellian Thu 21-Jul-11 14:04:24

Zookeeper my nephew went to TBGS (and my niece to TGGS) and he is a lovely young man although he did appallingly in his A-levels. (He's now at university though and doing a lot better). One of the things I remember my DSis saying about it is that it was an environment where the boys were really supportive of each other's learning, so if you did well at something you got a pat on the back and a 'well done' from your peers, rather than a clip round the ear and a sneer of 'swot', which is what happened in my comp in the 1980s.

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