Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    thank you very much
    do you go to sixth form or grammar school? from what you said i think you go to sixth form but not sure
    i want to go to the grammar one because.......yep you guessed it has better grades and stuff but i never wanted to go, my dad told me to apply 3 month after the deadline and so i did, i thought i'd never get accepted though but wow i did and i had a sad face for the entire week before my interview......but it went well
    you made me finalise my decision, i don't want to go to the grammar
    Hey, I have just finished sixth form at my school which is a comprehensive which I've been at since year 7.

    During year 11 I kept thinking how I have to go to the grammar school as I was one of the smarter people in my year group and felt I would fit in better there but I went to the induction days and it was just absolutely awful ( I cried when I got back cause it was just that bad ). The class sizes were really small like 10 students and it just felt really intense the whole time and like I couldn't even relax and as someone who likes to have a laugh and chat to people during lessons it was just a bit of a culture shock. Also that school were just really strict about everything and were saying things like ' if youre in the common room and you're not doing work then a member of staff will come and make sure you are doing work ' and saying things like ' even if you got all A*'s at gcse then you've got to keep up that standard ' and as someone who had pretty average GCSEs I felt pretty out of place, and so choosing to stay at my school was probably the best decision I've made recently cause I was worried about friendship groups a bit cause I've always thought I'm a a bit of the odd one out but it's weird because I'm sixth form everyone makes new friends because new people come and I managed to make friends with someone who I used to be close with back in year 9 so it worked out for me, and in terms of grades yes a lot of people did get E's at As but it's because they didn't put any effort in whatsoever but plenty of people did and they got the grades they wanted (AAA) ect and people have even had interviews for Cambridge and are off to Russel group unis, yet the grammar hasn't sent anyone to Oxbridge as far as I know so it just shows your own personal commitment will get you the grades and not being around smart people !

    Looking back the only reason I applied was cause I just wanted to go to a grammar school as like a recognition that I was clever but that's just so stupid cause at the end of the day many people going to these types of schools don't get into uni ect or get all these A* grades so really it doesn't matter where you go; the most important thing is that you feel comfortable !!!
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    I was in a similar situation to you a few years back, chose grammar school because I thought it would be the 'better' option, then ended up hating it and consequently failed my A-levels. I went to a grammar school sixth form and everyone who was already there already had their friendship groups etc so I ended up making friends with a few of the other new girls like me but still never had any close friends. I'm quite smart but everyone there was really clever so it was kind of depressing when your entire class was getting A*/A grades etc and a B was considered 'bad'. Also, the teaching was no better, infact worse, compared to my old school. Students got the grades because they were bright to begin with, not because the teachers were amazing. It felt like being at school again which I hated, even had to wear a uniform. There was zero freedom compared to that which you'd get at college (had to stay in school during our free periods etc). I ended up failing my a-levels which is funny because all of my friends who went to colleges got way better grades and are now doing really well at uni. If you work hard and put the effort in, you will do well regardless of whether you go to a grammar school or not. Go with where you feel like you'd ENJOY the next 2 years of your life more. I wish someone would have told me that because unis don't give a **** where you studied as long as you have a good academic history and meet their entry requirements. Once you have your degree you'll never be asked what college you went to etc. Wish someone would have told me this before. That's not to say you can't go to a grammar school and enjoy it, but I feel like at college everyone's on the same boat, you're all new, you're treated more like adults (in comparison to a sixth form), have a better social life etc.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    Thanks, i know am lucky:king1: , i always was since i was born orelse i wouln't be born....... Jk

    I guess when you say "first" that means before i made this thread ...... If so than i am sorry to make you scared:ashamed2: ....... But please:adore: don't think that all that people have said is true:no:because people think DIFFERENTLY, there are those who really enjoyed going to grammar school (they are probably like you) and for others it didnt suit so they went to college coz theu needed a more relaxed environment.

    TBH, i dont think it makes much difference to which TYPE of school you go to (as long as it's good:gthumb:) as long as you are hard working, like ur subjects and are determined (which i am sure you are) :clap2::woo:

    I am just kind of overeacting with this matter but i swear i only just discovered it now :teehee:
    (as i was writting it) that it doesn't make much difference whether you go to grammar or not. In ur case i'd say go to the grammar sixth form (coz apparently from you, the other are ****) ans i dont want my bro to be like :damnmate::lurk:, :no: (Jk)
    Spoiler:
    Show
    i am sure my little brother can't be wrong:king1:in making decisions that suits himself:hugs:
    lol that was wayyy too much (I read it)

    Thanks a lot
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    lol that was wayyy too much (I read it)

    Thanks a lot
    Oops, i didn't realise how long i wrote, i swear i only meant to write 3 lines

    You're welcome
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    Oops, i didn't realise how long i wrote, i swear i only meant to write 3 lines

    You're welcome
    lol, dw, it just shows.......................Erm............Nothin g.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    lol, dw, it just shows.......................Erm............Nothin g.
    I HATE when you do that, why do you never finish ur sentence?
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    I HATE when you do that, why do you never finish ur sentence?
    Oh, I'm so sorryyy, but I did though
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I went to a grammar induction day recently and I didn't really like it. Some of the 'internal' students don't even bother talking to you and the teachers seem like they already know everyone which is a bit unfair. But all the neebies like myself were really nice and friendly, so we all stuck together! I'm probably still going to enrol there though.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SmallTown)
    I went to a grammar induction day recently and I didn't really like it. Some of the 'internal' students don't even bother talking to you and the teachers seem like they already know everyone which is a bit unfair. But all the neebies like myself were really nice and friendly, so we all stuck together! I'm probably still going to enrol there though.
    Wait, are you like me? Are all the other schools around sh*t?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    Wait, are you like me? Are all the other schools around sh*t?
    Yeah! I think half my year is going to go to our local sixth form which is rubbish.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SmallTown)
    Yeah! I think half my year is going to go to our local sixth form which is rubbish.
    No one in my year is going either sixth form or college at all! (apart from me obviously)

    I'm actually nervous about going to the grammar school, at first I was excited but now..........

    Are the teachers biased towards the students they already know? as in like are they more friendlier, or pay more attention, to them?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    No one in my year is going either sixth form or college at all! (apart from me obviously)

    I'm actually nervous about going to the grammar school, at first I was excited but now..........

    Are the teachers biased towards the students they already know? as in like are they more friendlier, or pay more attention, to them?
    Not biased, but they just knew their names maybe from seeing them around school so they told them to begin 'ice-breakers' and when it was time for feedback they'd be the first to contribute and stuff. I think it was because we were too nervous so that's a likely reason. Maybe it's different in your school so don't worry . Did you go to your induction day yet?? I think as result day looms, I'd be petrified, but right now I'm sort of excited because the induction day was ok! Actually made some friends, and met someone on the bus who takes the same route as me which is strange because I live ridiculously far away.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SmallTown)
    Not biased, but they just knew their names maybe from seeing them around school so they told them to begin 'ice-breakers' and when it was time for feedback they'd be the first to contribute and stuff. I think it was because we were too nervous so that's a likely reason. Maybe it's different in your school so don't worry . Did you go to your induction day yet?? I think as result day looms, I'd be petrified, but right now I'm sort of excited because the induction day was ok! Actually made some friends, and met someone on the bus who takes the same route as me which is strange because I live ridiculously far away.
    Maybe it'll be different.

    I don't think there was or is an induction day, which is strange.......

    There was an open evening a long time ago, but I missed it

    I just got a letter saying I need to bring my results, passport copy in on results day. I applied through UCAS and there were no interviews either, I got a conditional offer solely based on my predicted grades and personal statement, which I made super dramatic and I wrote about how bad my current/previous school is/was.

    After doing these exams, I feel like I have definitely met the requirements. Wbu?
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Your probs better off going to a grammar if you can. The general attitude is just laid back and you will get drilled into how to pass exams. I can't complain with the teaching quality at sixth form college cuz they were awesome but it was easy to go to town for food and to smoke some cigs at lunch/during frees etc which you are unlikely to be able to do at grammar. However I think some grammar students struggle at first year of uni as they have never had to get up and do studying on their own initiative due to teachers pestering them and giving them homework all the time. This is particularly apparent with a rigour pjs course like law or history where there are deadlines which need to be met
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Indeterminate)
    I went to MGS which is an independent boys' school in the NW.

    I found it to be quite a challenging environment (academically) but the quality of teaching is exemplary and students there are constantly pushed and given the support that they need in order to realise their full potential. It's also very disciplined, which is something that I didn't mind so much.

    If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and are determined to work hard, then I say go for it

    Normal sixth form colleges are probably more relaxed. :yep:
    Woah, never seen someone else from MGS on tsr before....
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    Maybe it'll be different.

    I don't think there was or is an induction day, which is strange.......

    There was an open evening a long time ago, but I missed it

    I just got a letter saying I need to bring my results, passport copy in on results day. I applied through UCAS and there were no interviews either, I got a conditional offer solely based on my predicted grades and personal statement, which I made super dramatic and I wrote about how bad my current/previous school is/was.

    After doing these exams, I feel like I have definitely met the requirements. Wbu?
    huh?? ur saying u never had an interview, (how strange, i have 2 for the grammar school, one that i have done and the other one after results day)u never seen the school or what?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hamza772000)
    Oh, I'm so sorryyy, but I did though
    LOL, yh u did but u......were gonna say somethung and then stopped......which is..............no nothing,
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    huh?? ur saying u never had an interview, (how strange, i have 2 for the grammar school, one that i have done and the other one after results day)u never seen the school or what?
    Yeah, they had interviews before but they stopped having 'em from this year I believe. They just looked at my personal statement, which they seemed to LIKE coz they told my dad that on the phone, and my predicted grades.

    I had one interview for the college and got a place, in fact I applied for like 5 other crappy sixth forms and got a place straight after the interview.

    I know this is really strange but yeah, I haven't seen the school
    Its known to be like the 'BEST' school in the area, and other areas too for that matter.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mediaya)
    LOL, yh u did but u......were gonna say somethung and then stopped......which is..............no nothing,
    lol
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    Hey so sorry for the Super, late reply.
    Well tbh it's all up to you. But I have no experience/ know how Grammer Schools are like,
    since I'm going to a Sixth Form.

    But I've heard good impacts in the way Grammer Schools have transformed students towards their education.
    For example:

    (1) Strong exam results

    It is argued that grammar schools can deliver good results because teachers can push pupils harder, knowing that only the most able students are in the classroom. Selective state schools have produced some of the best performances in exam league tables.

    But as I mention before, It's all your choice.
    Have you been to any Induction Days or Open Evening?
    Maybe you could experience how it's like to be a Student in the Grammer School/Sixth Form.

    Hope this helps.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
    Help with your A-levels

    All the essentials

    The adventure begins mug

    Student life: what to expect

    What it's really like going to uni

    Rosette

    Essay expert

    Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

    Uni match

    Uni match

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course for you

    Study planner

    Create a study plan

    Get your head around what you need to do and when with the study planner tool.

    Study planner

    Resources by subject

    Everything from mind maps to class notes.

    Hands typing

    Degrees without fees

    Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

    A student doing homework

    Study tips from A* students

    Students who got top grades in their A-levels share their secrets

    Study help links and info

    Can you help? Study help unanswered threadsRules and posting guidelines

    Sponsored content:

    HEAR

    HEAR

    Find out how a Higher Education Achievement Report can help you prove your achievements.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.