Is there a significant difference in quality of education between private primary and state primary schools?

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Is there a significant difference in quality of education between private primary and state primary schools?

Postby Rsatterthwaite » Mon May 15, 2023 4:34 pm

My son is starting school in September and I am between sending him to a state primary school or a private one. The private school has 18 people in his class and year (96 in the school in total). The state option had 90 kids in his year alone (3 classes of 30). My question is, is there a significant difference in state funded education and private schools at this age? (4-11). Is it worth the money? thanks :) 
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Postby 2 pence » Tue May 16, 2023 12:37 am

On a cost benefit analysis, I think you’re better to go the state route and supplement with specialist tutors (when/if needed).
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Postby angry bird » Tue May 16, 2023 2:15 pm

I would say that it depends on your child. If they need a more nurturing, attentive environment then smaller class sizes might be better. Also if you are keen to go private further down the line my take on having visited several schools is that private primary would be better at preparing them. 
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Postby thevalley » Tue May 16, 2023 5:51 pm

We have decided on sending our son to the outstanding local primary and have denied the offers from private.

Yes, a class of 30 is big in comparison, but there will be two teachers in the class. If I didn’t think he’d be able to handle it or had special needs, then I would send him private.

Also what I liked was that if kids at the outstanding state need extra help, this is provided for (for free), some private primaries charge parents extra for this.

We shall do private tutoring from y5 for the 11 plus exams to get into the london day schools. Looking at the leavers destinations for the outstanding state, a lot of the kids go onto private secondary schools. When looking at the destinations at the private primaries, lots went onto boarding schools and there was an 13+ exit, so not a huge support for 11+ exams (which I would have expected for 25k a year). Also, I hear a lot of private school kids get tutoring on the side.

All the best for September! :)
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Re: Is there a significant difference in quality of education between private primary and state primary schools?

Postby Lovelearning » Tue May 23, 2023 1:04 pm

Hi
If this helps - would say it often comes down to the quality of the head and the teachers in both cases.
As a tutor I’ve worked with both state and private and it’s also about the right environment for every unique child.
With very best wishes  
Lorraine
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Re: Is there a significant difference in quality of education between private primary and state primary schools?

Postby Jonny Dyson Property Consultants » Wed May 24, 2023 2:18 pm

Our two girls went to Belleville Meteor street and now go private for secondary, and we have absolutely no regrets.  As the posters above say, there are often enough more than one teacher in the class (at one point my eldest had four - a teacher, teacher's assistant, a trainee and an SEN helper!).  We engaged a tutor for both girls for 11+ and both suceeded in getting both into private secondary.

The other thing to mention is the diversity that comes in a state primary, we will be forever gareful of the 'normality' of a state primary, and our girls still have friends who come from every background, nationality and social situation.  We have other friends who went private, and I wouldn't say that their is very much difference between the children now, so as a personal choice I'd save your money!!

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Postby lovely day » Sun May 28, 2023 6:28 pm

its worth checking Ofsted but I also went to the school during the term time, for little visit, to see if I liked the atmosphere, buildings, staff etc.
Then you can compare better. For example is there a nice outside space, staff and children happy etc
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Re: Is there a significant difference in quality of education between private primary and state primary schools?

Postby AJ2012 » Sun May 28, 2023 11:18 pm

We have experienced both in my child’s primary years. Private has more “extras” in many cases, more school trips, more music lessons etc, so it makes those extra activities a bit easier.

When your child is little a small school seems a great thing. However as they get older a single form entry does not give you the same advantages as a larger school- actually fewer clubs, fewer friends to choose from, etc. add to this the fact that lots of people move “out” as their kids get older and you find the class sizes dwindle further up most schools. If your choice is between an outstanding state school with 90 and a indie school with 18 in a year, i think your kids will have more opportunities with 90. Get an afterschool nanny to provide wraparound and ferry your kiddo to lessons etc. the price is comparable, you have more freedom, and if you have more than one child you won’t be paying twice (or three times, etc).
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