Grammar schools and Independent Schools – What should I consider when choosing?
Whilst both Grammar schools and selective Independent schools require children to sit exams in order to secure a place, there are a few differences between them that may influence your decision on which to choose.
Grammar schools are state funded which means no fees for parents and access to a more ability focused education for your child. Independent schools, however, are fee-paying schools. This can prove costly, but there are a number of scholarships and bursaries which can be applied for.
There are fewer than 170 grammar schools in England, which may make a local grammar school difficult to find. In some cases, families have been known to relocate in order to be able to access a local grammar school, but where this is not possible it is important to assess the length of your child’s daily commute to and from school.
Entry to a grammar school depends upon the result of the 11+ exam and passing does not always guarantee entry. However Independent Schools also take into consideration the headteacher’s report and the interview process.
Each school, be it grammar or independent will offer something different to your child. Be sure to check out the extra-curricular activities available as well as the sport and music facilities. These will ensure your child’s experiences are wide.