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Re: Putney High Junior School Vs. Thomas's Clapham

My kids both went to Thomas's Clapham and loved it and went on to extremely good secondary schools, as did all their friends, so I'm a little puzzled by your academic concerns (although I may be out of date). I agree with the points above, particularly those made by Dudette and Medicalmam. I would a...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 11
Mon Jun 07, 2021 10:33 am

Re: in laws constantly duck out of helping with our children

That is so sad. My in laws have regularly said how much they loved the times looking after our kids without us, as they bonded directly, undistracted by adult chat.  I wouldn't give up yet, but I would strongly advise that you aren't the right person to talk to your in laws about this. However caref...
Replies: 10
Mon May 31, 2021 5:50 pm

For sale: Thule Roofrack Bike Carrier for up to 4 bikes

This is a fantastic system for transporting bikes upright on a car roof; it's really quick and easy to load and secure them and the bikes can be locked in place. See photo, but the details of what we're selling are: 4 x Thule (25) ProRide Bike Carrier no 591 2 x Atera SIGNO RT 122cm aero-profile alu...
Replies: 0
Mon May 31, 2021 4:21 pm

Re: Good condition duvets & pillows - are any local charities accepting these?

I'm afraid I don't know of any charities that might take them (other than dogs' homes, but it sounds like they're a bit too good for those!). However absolutely don't throw them away; join your local branch of Freecycle (it's free), put up a post about it and you'll hear from someone who'd like them...
Replies: 2
Mon May 24, 2021 9:10 am

Re: Shared ownership of a holiday home

A shared holiday home will always be a tricky compromise unless you're lucky enough to be completely on the same page as your co-owners for all the decision-making that comes with owning a property. You can and should explore in advance what might be potential pitfalls and draw up an agreement, but...
Replies: 4
Tue May 11, 2021 4:31 pm

Re: is it ok for me to give a 15 year old a beer to have with friends?

Some teenagers start drinking earlier, some later. It must be so dull for teenagers stuck in lockdown, so I'm not surprised they might want to add interest to their walks/outdoor meet-ups. My starting point though would be to contact the parents of some of his friends to find out how they feel about...
Replies: 13
Tue May 04, 2021 10:18 am

Re: Everyone's Invited

Shocking and upsetting as these revelations are, I think it's important to try to put them into some perspective. The Everyone's Invited site kept the stories anonymous but allowed the schools to be named in order to show how widespread the problem was (although they are not dated so could cover a ...
Replies: 19
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:29 pm

Re: Should I stay or go? Advice needed on Councillors

That sounds tough, I'm sorry. My first reaction on reading your post, with obviously no idea of the background other than what you have written, was that this is not the sort of decision that you go away and make on your own, even with third-party help, and then report back to your husband. Surely y...
Forum: Chat Here
Replies: 7
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:25 am

Re: Does your son at Emanuel, Ibstock or Graveney play video games?

I'm not sure anyone can really gauge what percentage of boys in a class game, as they tend to play in little pockets of friends; I wouldn't have a clue at my son's school generally (he's not in any of the 3 you mentioned). However I would say that any information will be out of date following the lo...
Replies: 8
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:26 pm

Re: Puppy Prep!

All very good advice above! Definitely worth buying that book if you haven't already. It can also be helpful to register for puppy socialisation classes as these can get booked up in advance; they are useful sessions to get your puppy used to playing nicely with other dogs in a controlled environmen...
Replies: 6
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:50 am

Re: Thomas Battersea assessment is after other schools acceptance

It's not Thomas's fault; it's the other local competing schools being greedy. It's exactly the same situation for Thomas's Clapham (or was, a few years back). Basically, the other schools time their deadline that bit before the Thomas's assessment so that you have to pay their deposit or lose your b...
Replies: 3
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:11 pm

Re: If my baby is born in Kingston Hospital what will be the place of birth?' London' or 'Kingston Upon Thames'?

Our first child was born in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as we were living near there. For the next one we'd moved to Clapham and chose St George's for the birth, as it was a lot closer. Consequently one child has 'Chelsea' as a birthplace, the other 'Tooting'! It has never mattered, in fact the...
Replies: 18
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:39 pm

Re: being lobbied very hard to get dog, what is a good first family dog?

I agree with most of what has been said above, but take issue with the suggestion that cockapoos and others of these hybrid dogs are popular purely because they are fashionable. Actually, they've been popular for at least the last 10 years or more and they would certainly not have remained so if the...
Replies: 18
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:16 pm

Re: Whitgift vs Dulwich College, please share your thoughts

Having been through this twice, my advice would be categorically for none of you to form strong preferences for any one school at this point. Find a range of schools that suit your general criteria (eg boys only or co-ed, ease of school run, academic level etc) and investigate them as best you can -...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 5
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:04 am

Re: The Orthodontic Practice Battersea - your experience and opinions please

There are 3 of us in this family who can heartily recommend Sam and the Practice. Both my husband and I had overcrowded mouths and had to have 4 teeth out and then a brace as children, so it was inevitable that my 2 boys would need orthodontic treatment. However Sam managed to achieve perfect smiles...
Replies: 8
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:18 am