Just looking for views or thoughts on this.
There's skin & hair flying in the house over the choice of schools for our soon to be 5 year old. It's either an ETNS or a traditional Catholic School. Both are 2 minutes walk from the house & relatively new.
I'm advocating ETNS because of the ethos, what I think is a broader approach to things like religion, diversity etc. Some people describe this as "airy fairy".
My wife wants the Catholic School due to:
1. The uniform
2. Communion & confirmation
3. Our son "knows" one kid already attending (he's met him maybe 5 times!)
1. The uniform still needs to be bought, washed, repaired & replaced. Largely due to Covid getting our son dressed can be a challenge at the best of times. If he doesn't like the uniform, that could be even more challenging. I said we could buy plain inexpensive clothes that would serve as a uniform of sorts for the ETNS (tracksuits etc)
2. They can obviously still make communion & confirmation, it just needs a little more work and commitment.
3. There's 2 classes so he may not even be in the same class. Even then, they may not become friends.
Starting school is about making new friends as well.
There is also a local kid starting in the Catholic School who's older brother is already there, maybe 2 classes ahead. For whatever reason our son just won't go out and play with them anymore Let's call them Cheech & Chong. I don't know what's happened but he refuses to go out with the other 5 or something kids on the road because of these 2 lads. It might be nothing. But my fear is he'll be seeing Cheech & Chong every day, maybe not in class but definitely in the playground. And if whatever issue he has isn't resolved, he'll have the 2 of them to contend with, one of them being the older brother.
This may be nothing. But we are sending him to an environment where there is already a potential problem. I know personality clashes can happen anywhere at any time in a child's life. But this is one we're already conscious of.
Are my fears and reservations about the Catholic School & the scenario unreasonable?