Schools of thought

November 21, 2011

Just when you think you’ve got your children settled at school and you can forget all that application/interview/exam nonsense … they turn 16 and decide, off their own bats, to start the whole blimmin process off again. Or that’s what Child One is doing.

On one hand, I applaud her industry, researching, downloading, filling in and applying. On the other hand – by far the biggest hand – I like the school she attends now. The teachers in the subjects she’s considering for A level are all great. What’s more, it’s an all-girls school, which I think is excellent, aiding maximum concentration at an age when those ridiculous wastes of time, boys, start rearing their ugly heads.

There’s also, of course, the risk that not all applications succeed, though obviously I think she’s more than capable of getting in to every school she’s set her heart on. But it’s all a big hassle and I do so love a quiet life. Ho hum.

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  • Addy November 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Kay had the chance to move from her all-girls school to a mixed school, when she turned 16, but thankfully she decided to stay put. Some of her classmates who did make the move, eventually came back to the girls’ school a few months later as they found boys either too distracting or the boys got the best tasks to do (say, in science) and the girls weren’t picked, because the boys were too territorial about it. Also, if they decide to go on to uni or college at 18, they have yet another move to make and it can be a case of too many moves too often.

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I so agree about too many moves. And that’s fascinating about the girls who left Kay’s school thinking better of their choices after a while. I don’t think Child One realises quite how much boys tend to dominate in the classroom ….. do hope she’ll stay put in the end x

  • Potty Mummy November 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I moved – not through choice but necessity since my family relocated – from an all-girls school to a mixed one at 16. Whilst on the one hand it was probably the making of me as it gave me the opportunity to reinvent myself after spending ALL my educational years with the same girls, on the other I too was appalled at how boys dominated the class room in my new school. Apart from the school swat, I was the only girl who ever put up her hand to answer questions. Luckily I think I was already confident enough not to give a stuff about that, so it may be that at 16 her head is already screwed on tightly enough to deal with it. My sister at two years younger, however, did less well. I don’t have girls, but if I did I would probably keep their secondary education single sex until 16 – and then let them decide. Good luck to your daughter, whatever she decides to do!

    • Dulwich Divorcee November 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      That’s very interesting, PM, I think CO wants that chance to reinvent herself too and she’s pretty assertive at home but I don’t know how she’d stand up to the classroom melee … I know at least one grown-up friend who had a very bad time at a mixed school – but admittedly they were in the first intake of girls so were very much treated as though they had two heads … thanks for the very helpful insight – and the good wishes x