I've never really known much about Simon Balle, but the only thing I ever did see about it was in estate agents and properties near there - You know the thing, an extremely desirable school.
Same for sele - I've heard good and bad, and generally the results do show that sele does lag a bit behind the likes of presdales and richard hale. Not surprising there - given they're single sex schools.
However; The most recent results that came out this week show that sele and simon balle are not far apart in terms of % of children who get 5 a-c's (or whatever the stat is). Now IIRC presdales/richard hale are 80%+ and sele/simon balle are languishing around 60%.
How can this be? Is there a problem brewing at simon balle?
I dont want this to get into a massive argument from defensive parents - more simply what is going on, and is there a reason for it. Obviously there's more to it than just results, but something seems not to make sense.
I also heard a pretty horrible story about richard hale recently (maybe true everywhere) about how the kids spend all their playground time on their iPhones (And homework is expected to be done on an iPad - nasty)