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Hi, I currently go to my local public comprehensive school where I have been for the last 5 years. I have been given an offer to go to an all girls grammar school to study A-levels. I know the atmosphere will be very difficult because there is a much more hard working ethos and obviously it is different in that it isn't mixed.
I am debating whether I should do the traveling (which is about an hour on the bus each way) for the difference. They do get better grades but is this because there are better teachers or because they are selective. Also I am worried about coming in as an outsider where the girls will all know each other already.
If anyone has any insight to all girls schools or any advice that would be great.
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Do you mean a state school, a public school is a fee paying private school?
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Hi, I currently go to my local public school where I have been for the last 5 years. I have been given an offer to go to an all girls grammar school to study A-levels. I know the atmosphere will be very difficult because there is a much more hard working ethos and obviously it is different in that it isn't mixed.
I am debating whether I should do the traveling (which is about an hour on the bus each way) for the difference. They do get better grades but is this because there are better teachers or because they are selective. Also I am worried about coming in as an outsider where the girls will all know each other already.
If anyone has any insight to all girls schools or any advice that would be great.
Do you mean you go to a state school? Most Grammars are state schools too.

No - two hours a day travelling could be used for study. I'd never teach in an all girls school again as some are 'toxic'. Girls can be very unpleasant to each other without boys around - uni is mixed so why move?

I doubt that the teaching is better - the results will be because of the selective intake.
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I went to an all girls grammar school from year 7 until the end of sixth form and I loved it.

Although I cant compare it to a public school because i never went, I would agree in saying that the work load will probably be harder but if the girls school you go to is anything like mine, the teachers do try really hard to help you every step of the way. If you're a motivated worker and want to do well then I would definitely recommend.

You may feel a bit of an outsider at first because most girls would have already been there for years already, but if you're friendly and approachable you'll make friends soon enough! No one minds that you've joined for sixth form and after a couple weeks you'll fit right in.

I also had to travel a long way to get to school. We had to be at school for 8:35 and I got on the bus at 7am every day then didn't get home till about 4:45 so I had very long days, but the bus was social and I wouldn't have traded to go to the local public school 10 minutes away.

I personally think you should go for it! You may end up getting really good grades and have opportunities you never had before! And who knows, you could make life long friends there!

Good luck!
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Do you mean a state school, a public school is a fee paying private school?
Sorry, yes I currently go to a non selective comprehensive school.
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Hi, well done on getting into the grammar! I was at an only girls grammar from year 7 to 10, so admittedly younger that you, and I really enjoyed it. Most single sex schools socialise with mixed/ opposite sex schools so its not as if your only friends will be girls. There was a lot less messing around in lesson time, clearly a generalisation but I found boys to be more disruptive in the classroom, this made lessons more entertaining but obviously for your alevels a more focused classroom is likely to be beneficial. I didn't find the atmosphere problematic, there were clear friendship groups but you get that at all schools. Whilst you will be new, there will be other new joiners and others will have left so the structure of the year will change. People usually want to make new friends after having been together since year 7 anyway. It might be difficult initially but I've moved school twice and had no problem making friends, I'm not especially outgoing either.
Some of the teachers were good but I think they were mostly reliant on able and highly motivated students.
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I went to a comprehensive from year 7-11, and now go to a grammar school (I'm currently in year 13), so I know pretty well what the differences are between comprehensives and grammars.

You do get pushed harder at grammars, and you have to be sure that's the right learning environment for you. You might find that if you go to the grammar, you will go from near-to-top of the year, to average or even below average, pretty quickly. As long as you are prepared for that and are willing to push yourself to the top again, that will not be a problem.

I really enjoy the working environment and the enthusiasm for learning I have at my grammar, have a look at my lengthy blog post about the subject to find out more about my story and the differences I have found:

https://socialdilemmasblog.wordpress...ammar-schools/

Best of luck, and feel free to drop me a comment on my blog!
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Hi, I currently go to my local public comprehensive school where I have been for the last 5 years. I have been given an offer to go to an all girls grammar school to study A-levels. I know the atmosphere will be very difficult because there is a much more hard working ethos and obviously it is different in that it isn't mixed.
I am debating whether I should do the traveling (which is about an hour on the bus each way) for the difference. They do get better grades but is this because there are better teachers or because they are selective. Also I am worried about coming in as an outsider where the girls will all know each other already.
If anyone has any insight to all girls schools or any advice that would be great.
If you have the opportunity to attend a grammar school I would go for it. My daughter attended a girls grammar school from year 7-11 and left last year to do her A levels at a fee paying mixed sex school as a boarder. She was travelling an hour each way which didn’t impact on her studies. We now realise that the grammar school (which is the top state school in the area), has superior teaching to the fee paying school she now attends. But, this school is offering her more in extra curricular and rounding her more as a person. The grammar school is so focused on academia that she felt she missed out on school trips etc. However, the sixth form is different
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