First of all I would like to say that my post is to ask for advice and is in no way to boast. I would like to ask for feedback from Parents whose children currently attend or have attended either Graveney or Kingsdale schools.
My daughter scored well in the Wandsworth test, well above the level of 253 points (the lowest level for acceptance on 1.March to Graveney for the last 3 years). This means that she would almost certainly be accepted to Graveney on 1.3, should we put it as our first choice.
She also did extremely well in the Music scholarship tests for Kingsdale (Dulwich) and has been offered a full scholarship (she appears to be in top 15% on the list). This, as yet , this doesn’t guarantee that she will be accepted to the school, as we still need to go through a ‘lottery’ type of process the results of which will only be known on 1.3.
We now have two major choices for two very good schools – Graveney, which is well known in this area as a top academic school (we are in Balham) and Kingsdale – less known but very good in both the Music department and academicly only slightly behind Graveney.
I would like to hear from parents whose child is attending Graveney and is musical (achieved Grade 4+ in their instrument). I would like to know how much support your child gets to improve musically, are the lessons free, and overall if you’re happy with your choice of school.
I’d also like to hear from parents whose child is a Music scholar in Kingsdale. I would like to know how intensive is the music learning, if your child misses out on any curriculum subjects because of music, and overall if you are happy with your choice.
I know that we will decide based on my daughter’s preference but at the moment, as I can see, she is guided by her friends’ decisions and therefore might be guided for possibly the wrong reasons.
I’m extremely proud of my daughter’s achievements and am torn between the two options that we have as a result of her successful test outcomes in regard to choosing a secondary school.
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!