We are parents of three boys, all of whom attended Aldenham School; our youngest son is currently a Year 12 student. As all parents will know, the manner and degree to which siblings can vary is a constant source of surprise, if not bewilderment. It does not necessarily follow that what is appropriate for one will be suitable for others, yet our decision to allow each of our sons to experience Aldenham School (as flexi-boarders) has proved to be both sound and successful.
In summarising why we have reached this conclusion, I think we can point to three areas which we have found to be of significance in our children's education. The first is flexibility. Not every youngster knows their own mind and has a path planned out - in fact, very few have a clear idea of where they're going in their teenage years. What was appreciated by our family was the fact that the school recognised this fact also, and allowed 'reverse gear' to be found while an alternative choice was made.
"The second point is that such flexibility is not provided at the expense of a strive for excellence for those who are more able. Our middle son gained invaluable experience and maturity as Head Boy and is now just starting a physics degree at a Russell Group university.
"The third and final point combines the above two in the sense that the general ethos and philosophy of Aldenham School provides pupils with an experience which is more rounded, and which has exposed them to a broader mix of fellow students than might otherwise have been the case in establishments where a more narrow set of criteria is adopted. This, surely, is better preparation for life in contemporary society".