Greenfields wrote: ↑Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:20 pmHi
I’m beginning to think about secondary options for my son (still a few years away but good to be prepared!). I am concerned that paying private fees would be a real stretch for us so I’m wondering about scholarships. Are there particular schools where scholarships are easier to achieve? Ie less popular or less academic schools? My son is very bright but I imagine there are a lot of bright kids around.
Thanks a lot
emmajames wrote: ↑Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:06 pmFrom my own knowledge, scholarships rarely amount to much more than a 10 - 30% discount, so still pretty costly. A specific scholarship would likely have additional elements, eg a music scholarship usually means that teaching in one instrument is paid for. Many of the schools in London also offer bursaries, but these are means tested and very oversubscribed.
You say that your son is very bright - you may want to look at the Grammar school options as well. Others may disagree, but my personal view is that a lot of work needs to be done in order to prepare for the entrance exams. The pre-test day is something to behold - literally thousands of kids queuing around the block. I'm not trying to scare you but, as Scottov said, the 11+ process in London is fiercely competitive, and is getting more so year on year.
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