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    Basically, I have applied to a lot of sixth forms and colleges. I've applied to grammar schools/private sixth forms and public colleges. All the colleges are far because there are no colleges around me that are good. I've applied to:
    Loreto College
    Xaverian college
    Sale grammar
    Altrincham grammar for girls
    Urmston grammar
    Stockport grammar
    Stretford grammar
    Withington Girls
    Manchester high for girls

    (There are more but they were backups for the public schools. Which is not relevant right now.)

    So all these would take an hour or so to get there without traffic. However, some of the grammar schools I have to take a metrolink.

    I'm thinking of Urmston grammar or loreto college. Loreto is a good school with good teachers but it's big and there are lots of people. Urmston grammar sixth for is smaller and teaching is excellent as well.

    I haven't considered the rest because they are a tiny bit further than urmston (except withington, xaverian and manchester high).

    I would like to go to a grammar school rather than a private school because I don't think it's worth it to spend so much right now.

    Please could someone give me some pros and cons for going to a grammar and for a college like loreto? Most of my friends are going to loreto or xaverian but I don't really mind if I go somewhere else because I could make new friends.

    One benefit of a public college is that they will not push you as much, which helps if you really cannot stand being nagged. Sixth forms near me are just as pushy as what Ive heard some of the greater Manchester grammars are.

    Grammars tend to have higher results (although I do not know whether this is because the teaching is better or whether its because they usually attract academic people anyway) but I would take results with a pinch of salt if you consider them when deciding.

    But really you are better getting a feel for each place and deciding which has the better atmosphere for you. Grammars also have entry exams in some cases, so you also need to weigh that into your decisions.

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