A pre-teen in his School Blazer
Today 7th Sep, 19, his dadu-thakuma (Grands) were most excited to see in Facetime, their little Piltu ( their grandson) graduate from the White Polo to Crisp-White Formal shirt, Strap-Velcro to Leather-Lace-up Shoes, Navy-jumper to Fitted-Black-Suit.. starting Aylesbury Grammar School.
The dreaded 11+ Exam
Thanks to all his well-wishers, for blessings on clearing his first competitive exam Eleven Plus to get into Aylesbury Grammar School. Contrary to popular beliefs, that UK education does not necessitate pressure, homework, a higher level of mathematics, in the last three years, Piltu’s preparation for the selection exam for the countries only 149 Grammar Schools and few Ivy Private Schools, made me rethink on this assumption.
3 study-room house
Aylesbury Grammar School
Piltu accepted the challenge
Black Swan Moment
“To balance both, at one point we even accepted splitting the family, setting up two homes in two towns, while I and Piltu relocate to Colchester, Piu to stay alone in Aylesbury to complete her traineeship. While we both were nonchalant, Piltu did not hide his dismay with the decision of split-household.
The Psychology of Choice
Next few weeks involved in …Lots of research, League table analysis, Russel-uni destination, Oxbridge statistics, asking friends, scenario planning, ifs and buts, counselling Piltu, countless dinner table discussion and socio-legal talks with council-education-teams… finally, we followed a ‘rational choice theory’, to decide to have a Happier child (stay with both parents)…
With full trust in son’s potential, help Piu to take the opportunity to further her career in teaching and above all keep the FAMILY together we stayed in Aylesbury… over a slightly higher ranking school at a faraway town. We were super happy the day, both Council bosses understood the special case, looked at his school performance, and secured Aryan a place in AGS.
Bless you, in you dream-journey from the humble abode of Number 20 to Number 10.
The Confident Strides
As Piltu vanished inside the large historic building, along with few more freshmen, guided by the house prefects, to acquire his new learning and life, I walked home, memory flashed, the day my dad walked me through the gates of the RKMVP, India’s best residential school, thanked him, felt relaxed and satisfied, and the cycle continues………..
Image Credit: Aylesbury Grammar School Website