I have been following the primary schools thread and found it an interesting read and wondered if anyone had any thoughts about the secondary schools nowadays? Standards, catchments and criteria have all changed since the last threads on these topics which generally said "you have to move" and, although my girls are only young, I am interested in what the options might be. I have noted that the Y6s at St Aidan's (my daughter's school) tend to go on to: Hornsey Girls (our nearest option and current most likely but I'm not sure about single sex and I know they had recent issues with a staff walkout), St Mary Magdalene (partly selective but also religious academy), Grieg (very religious) or move heaven and earth to get into Alexandra Park or somewhere much further afield.
I don't know many people who opt for IAMS, even though their reputation is getting better and we are now largely out of catchment for Highgate Wood and Alexandra Park.
I have also noticed that the Catholic school on the 210 route to Archway (Mount Carmel) has turned into a secular and co-educational school called the City of London Academy (Highgate Hill) or something, so I am watching that one with interest.
Does anyone have any observations on any of the above or other schools that we might be in catchment for?