I decided in 2004 that, despite living in the next street to our local high school, Ms Glade was not going there.
It was quite a controversial decision and one that needed careful management. You see, Mr Glade had attended that school and ALL of his nieces and nephews were either there or on their way.
When she was in Year 5, (age 9-10) we took Ms Glade to visit many High Schools in the area and beyond. When we walked into the school that she eventually attended, she immediately felt at home and decided that was where she wanted to go.
This was a bit of an issue because:
- It was 17 miles from home, that is each way!
- There wasn’t any direct public transport
- I didn’t drive
- There was an entrance exam to pass and criteria to meet
Ms Glade and myself made a plan, she would have tuition to pass the exam and I , despite having been learning for 16 years, would pass my driving test.
For the last ten years I have regularly been asked to defend my decision. I felt it was important that she went to her school because:
- It was her first choice
- The school had a lovely atmosphere
- It was a Catholic Grammar school which was very important to her and Himself
- It was a single sex school that worked hard to empower the girls
- She was prepared to and did, work very hard to pass the entrance exam
- I hoped she would stay for 7 years and therefore, wanted them to be the best years they could be
She passed and I passed!
As it transpired, it was a seven years that were punctured with events and revelations.
However, we both firmly believe they were the best seven years that they could have been. She received offers at every university she applied to for, a very competitive course. She was also delighted for her sister when she was offered a place at her school a year ago, I think that speaks volumes.
Ms Glade isn’t academically gifted, indeed she had learning challenges that were identified within the first half term she was at the school. However, she is a thoughtful, kind girl with a great enthusiasm for life and a deeply touching concern for others. Qualities that the school has nurtured.
How did you choose the school your children went to? Did you have to defend your decision?
Update: Now that Miss Glade has begun her high school journey, we have moved house and now live on the bus route – well I couldn’t do that again for another seven years! 😉 x
Have a lovely day!