I want to apply for a competitive, independent grammar school. The cost is about £11,000 a year which my family can no way afford, therefore I'm applying for financial support (which I qualify for).
I got told today by a peer that what I'm applying for is in fact much more competitive than I first realised - with apparently people all over the country applying. I am aware of the average GCSE grades I should receive to have an actual chance, which is a nice line of 9's/8's
I'm more worried about my extracurricular activities - which are very.. non-existent. The college form asks if I can speak latin (um?) or play a musical instrument, both of which I very much don't and also asks what MFL I study (I don't study any at all, after dropping it due to my abysmal grade in Spanish) - do I stand a chance? I do have some extracurricular's and other hobbies. I actively program and have my own website. I also engage in out of school competitions in the Computing Area. I just feel like I'm not that impressive, or traditional enough for the Sixth Form. How do I improve my application to stand out to other applications. Would applying for Financial Support also affect the competitiveness?