Hi. I just thought i would share my experience of schools with everyone. English is not my first language so apologizing in advance. My daughter went to an ordinary primary state school in Streatham, we live in Pimlico (very close to Grey Coat school/one of the best but church of England and very unlikely to get in if not christian
).When she got to year 4 i started panicking about secondary schools (there was no way i would send her to Pimlico academy). I heard about the 11+, bursaries and grammar schools.Did lots and lots of research about the academic side/distance and especially the schools that offer bursaries because i would never be able to afford £15.000 fees.After deciding on which schools, i had to find a Tutor that cared. It was a nightmare to find one but just before giving up i did. Called him and he invited us for a free assessment (nothing to lose). He told me about a 2 week intensive course over the summer.I decided to book it. Within 2 weeks we had almost all the material we needed and the best HONEST advice we could get and all the tips we had to know. We worked really hard (i had to put lots of time in and make sure she was working on the things she needed to know and letting her tutor also know her weak points/I was also working full time). I have never been so stressed in my life but knew she was very well prepared. She got offers from JAGS, City of London girls, Godolphin and Latymer and Wimblendon high (all of them with bursaries). We worked really hard but was also very lucky to find people who care. She is about to start year 9 at JAGS and is very very happy there. A big thank you to her Tutor Richard Blaine from Oxbridge Masterclasses.