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Ballet class for a 4 year old?

Hello! I have a (just) four year old daughter who has been attending baby ballet classes. I think she is ready for something a bit more structured - can anyone recommend a ballet class that runs on a Saturday, either in Balham or Clapham? Many thanks!
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by DonJ
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:22 am

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Oh no! We had decided on Thomas's...
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by DonJ
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:58 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Yes thank you, everyone! In some ways I think instinctively the smaller size of SCP may suit my daughter better, but can't see why she wouldn't thrive at Thomas's either - can't deny the notion of two school runs, and two sets of school holidays fills me with terror at how could manage a job at the ...
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by DonJ
Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:37 am

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Thank you - honestly I think she could be happy at both. I think she'd love the incredible variety of activities at Thomas's, the fact that its co-ed (and thus brother could attend - she's very amusingly concerned about this already!), although the very "busy" nature of such a large school could be ...
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by DonJ
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:26 am

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Yes totally take your point, a very hefty dose of luck involved! Its just quite hard I find, to gain fair assessment of a school based on a few hours visit.
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by DonJ
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:50 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Yes absolutely! The notion that by turning down one or another school that you're turning down a wealth of opportunities for your child is ever-present... :cry:
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by DonJ
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:31 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

That's exactly it! Struggling because it's just so early to tell- so do you believe assessor's judgement? Very wise words re peception of school's prestige Confus_ed!
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by DonJ
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:16 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

I think being at SCP until 18 had been an attraction, just to spare daughter the horror of the 11+ - but sounds like entry to the senior school isn't automatic now anyway...
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by DonJ
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:14 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

I think it's more that I know more about SCP, and what I have seen there I like a lot. Thomas's is much more of an unknown quantity to me, which is why is so useful to hear from current parents, as it does seem to be a school that a lot of rumour attaches itself to! I know my daughter has thrived on...
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by DonJ
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:24 am

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Well he is registered at a few preps in Balham - but had imagined trying for Dulwich schools for him when time came- as much as you can imagine for a baby anyway!
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by DonJ
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:07 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Imagine there are a few disgruntled parents at SCP if their children haven't made the entry into the senior school? Although I guess comes back to how impossible it is to gauge which secondary school is appropriate at age 3, and sounds like they are handling it well...
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by DonJ
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:05 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

Three years, so she is 2017 entry, and he is 2020...
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by DonJ
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:58 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

On a related note from my original post - and it's great to hear from so many parents with experience of the schools in question, so thank you!- am I being insane to even contemplate a double school run (as in, to two different schools?), especially in conjunction with an office-based job... ?
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by DonJ
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:17 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

I am indeed doing exactly that - and the responses here have been very useful from a myth-busting perspective, as many nappy valley netters do have children at the schools in question!
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by DonJ
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:58 pm

Re: Thomas's Clapham, Streatham and Clapham Prep offers

It seems that both schools may be suffering unfairly from reputations (and I'd be lying if I said it hasn't affected my perception of them)- it's exactly why it's so useful to hear the responses of people with children at the schools themselves!
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by DonJ
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:31 am