We live near this school and considering it for our DD10 who is currently in year 5 local primary.
If you have had children accepted this year, or join year 7 in the last 2-years, I would be extremely grateful for your experiences - particularly the admissions process and How academically driven your child is?
We have discounted grammar for DD because whilst she is clever and bright, she is also creative and artistic.
mrswhirly my DD attends St D she is now in yr 9. The headteacher had just started when she joined and he has made a number of changes. He is keen to improve the academic standard and this is reflected in his change to report cards and the new ISEB entrance exam. All DC are scored on homework, engagement in class, attendance and exam results. Children are given targets to improve and my DD is excelling in most areas. She also is in A and B teams for sport and does Lamda and is in the orchestra as she plays Cello. I think its a great school.
I should add the new ISEB online exam is hard. They use it in eton,city etc as a prep test. It upset a few parents as their DC didnt get an interview. I know of DC who found it very hard. So my advice is that it is not an 'easy option' as it used to be seen as previously. For any prep your DC needs to practice ISEB tests and get used to timed exams. In the ISEB you do it all online and you cannot go back and check your answers. If successful for interview it is in a group and parents interviewed separately.
mrswhirly it's a very diverse school and children come from all over south London. There is a healthy mix of children from different backgrounds. So don't worry about your DC fitting in, she would be absolutely fine.
Thank you. We are thinking of applying for a drama scholarship. We are just st the threshold for a bursary I think. Glad to hear it’s diverse. Some of their pupils get on my train and are always so well behaved