I can't recall why, and I suspect there was a good reason for it, but when we were little we went to a primary school outside our catchment area. Of course when it came to transferring to High School it meant watching all my friends go off together while I was literally the only pupil to go to my new school. Back then prior to moving schools there were no meet and greets, no taster days and no tours of the school. On the first day, I walked to school on my own, through the gates on my own and into assembly on my own.
Thankfully things have changed a lot since then. Thomas went for an 'interview' at his High School last night. It was just a basic 10 minute meet and greet while the teacher went though their rule book/expectations with him. It was very friendly and covered the usual uniform, homework, bags, PE kit, mobiles etc. There is also a taster day on 4th July when pupils spend a day at the school getting to know their form teacher and their way around.
One of the rules for boys is no haircuts less than a number 2 in length. At the end of the interview the teacher asked Thomas if he had any questions. All he wanted to know was would the haircut rule apply if you've not got any because you've been ill - a little boy has just returned to his school having undergone chemotherapy.
I love my boy. He's not bothered about the uniform, bags, mobile phones etc. He's just bothered that a child, through no fault of his own, might get told off for not having long enough hair.