Have you considered joining a running club? At novice level you dont need a huge amount of one-one coaching but you would get to talk to the coaches/expereinced runners there for tips and also get ushered towards others running at a similar level of ability
Nayan, Interesting view point, so teaching foreign kids English and opening up their world is not as valuable as lecturing a bunch of posh rich kids, who in all probability would get the same grades wherever they are taught. It of course rubbish, because value added is the effect a teacher has on the child. Ten private schools are factories where the already advantages kids get another push up the ladder, real schools are where teaching takes place.
No, I didn't offer any view or value judgement about whether improving the literacy of 'poorer' children was better or worse than improving the extra curricular activities of 'richer' children.
Also just because a child grows up here with parents who have little or no prospects and/or weak english it doesnt make them 'foreign.'
What I was getting at was something else - specifically that 'value added' covers diverse areas. Just because one school has a higher or lower score on that metric it doesnt automatically mean that it will be the best thing for your child.
Value added is open to interpretation. Some schools focus on taking poorer kids, possibly where english isnt even spoken that much at home to a basic standard of literacy etc. That kind of value added is far easier to clock up than (for example) taking little Emily to grade 6 Cor Anglais while improving Ffion's fencing.
Depends what you are after really. And on whether your kid really is bright enough to warrant special attention/pushing etc or not.