Is it just me or are social interactions at grammar schools far more hierarchical? Watch
- 24-04-2016 00:59
- 24-04-2016 02:05
But honestly they were very disciplined which I appreciated and all but just boring most time to hold a conversation with.
They are very clever though.
- 05-05-2016 00:33
I am currently in year 13 and have been at a grammar school since year 7. I have a twin brother who didn't pass the entrance exam and went to the local comprehensive. He ended up transfering to the grammar school in year 8 due to extenuating circumstances as he was being bullied so much at the comprehensive for wanting to learn and handing in his homework on time. He as since flourished at the grammar school and has made some great friends. Comprehensive schools are not always the best option as students who genuinely want to learn can be looked over for more troublesome students as they take up all the teachers time. My local comprehensive in the whole year group only 2 people got 10 GCSE's A*-C and both of those were students who applied for the grammar school but didn't pass the test.
The grammar school itself has the same groups of people in it as you would find in practically any other school. The fact that you have to pass an exam at the age of 11 doesn't prevent there from being a range of abilities within and personalities. The reason I think grammar schools do well in tests is based off how much the school as a whole does to help the students succeed and reach their potential. My grammar school was in a middle class area and the majority of the students are middle class as it doesn't have any term fees it is simply pass a test when you are 10/11.
There was some elitism and pride about the fact that the students go to this particular school but it was deserved for how hard the students worked to achieve the high grades.
- 16-12-2016 00:57
As a current student at a grammar school, all I can say is there doesn't seem to be much of a hierarchy. Sure there'll be popular people but they only have that status if they socialize with the boys from the boys grammar school in the area (I'm attending an all girls school) and not because of money. Intelligence, funnily enough, isn't much of a factor when it comes to popularity (unlike my primary school where the popular kids were smart). I have noticed though that grammar kids seem much more polite and knowledgeable on average to the other comprehensive schools in the area.
As to actually getting in, it is true that people score better after tutoring but plenty (a healthy half-ish) of kids get in on their own and forcing the kid to study does nothing since you'd have to keep up the good scores throughout the school years and quite a few tutored kids have dropped out due to this.
Single-sex school wise, I might be biased since I've only been in grammar education for secondary but I personally don't have a problem with it. There are some quirks, we seem to gossip more( being girls probably), people seem to be coming out left right and center, we are very open with each other. I do agree however that the lack of boys does mean that some girls are less socially developed and are very awkward when around them but i again don't have this problem (mainly because i do a lot of extra curricular activities).