Emmanuel School and Ibstock Place

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HulaHoops
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Emmanuel School and Ibstock Place

Postby HulaHoops » Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:31 pm

Hi there
Due to covid, we haven't been able to get to many of the schools we wanted to see so we wondered if anyone could give us feedback on Ibstock Place and Emmanuel as we don't know much about them (and can't visit at the moment).  Any other positive recommendations for our daughter would be gratefully received!
Many thanks
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Re: Emmanuel School and Ibstock Place

Postby Milliesmum1 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:05 pm

I have 2 daughters at Emanuel .. one in Yr 10 the other in Six Upper. We chose the school for its pastoral care which has been superb since the eldest started. Being teenage girls they have had their fair share of dramas, but school has been great at helping me manage them. The new ish Head is a bit marmite and brought in a lot of changes.. some welcome others more controversial. Academic results go up and up. It’s a friendly school where boys and girls get on well. It’s a lot tricker to get into than in the past . Hope that helps
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Re: Emmanuel School and Ibstock Place

Postby adamdsouza » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:02 am

Hi HulaHoops, I have worked with lots of families applying to both these schools. As with all things schools, it depends! If your daughter is quite outgoing and socially mature then Ibstock might suit her well. The headmistress has quite a 'formidable' reputation and has pursued a deliberate policy of minimising SEND applicants. Emanuel is a solid school but is highly in demand because of its location. If you want to talk about schools in confidence my email is adam@thecommonslondon.com
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Postby algebra » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:18 am

Hi I can only give the perspective of a boy's mother in lower gcse year but we love it. I did also look at Ibstock as well as loads of others :-) It was a quite a while ago and things change. I was impressed with Ibstock but in the end the journey put me off.

In term of Emanuel, I would describe it as a very good all round school on the up. It still needs a little work here and there , the swimming pool for example is quite tired but with the new bridge build and the various new extensions I would say it has great facilities, seems to get good results, we aren't there yet and has a strong pastoral ethos. The provision during lockdown was excellent.

Local has been a gift in many ways, if your daughter likes sport and drama etc. and wants to get involved in extra curricular activities then being on the doorstep is so beneficial. Likewise having local teenage friends is a big plus from a safety perspective.

They are both good schools, good luck with your choice.
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Re: Emmanuel School and Ibstock Place

Postby HulaHoops » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:59 am

Thank you all for your replies; they've been very helpful. I've been able to log into both the recent Open Days and the new Emanuel Head came across incredibly well, as did his team, so we're going to go for that and keep fingers (and toes) crossed!!  I wasn't really sure about Ibstock, would have liked to see a 'live' Open Day rather than pre-recorded videos and the fact we probably won't get a chance to visit before application deadline, probably rules it out now.  Thanks again.  Much appreciated. 
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Postby schoolmum » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:25 pm

Hello
is it possible to ask what recently introduced changes at Emanuel have proven controversial ?
I have heard of the new Astro pitches being rented out to third parties so the Emanuel pupils are not able to use them, which I found quite surprising.
I have also heard that the mobile phones have been banned on school site (as many other schools do), of a stronger stance on drugs and a move online for homework. None of the last ones, seem to go against the general trend so was wondering.
Please DM me if easier !
many thanks
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