Hurlingham School?

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Expatacular
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Hurlingham School?

Postby Expatacular » Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:01 am

Our DD has been offered a spot at Hurlingham School to start reception in Sept 2022. When we registered her at birth, we lived closer to the school, but we have since moved to BTC so the location is much less convenient for us than it used to be. We are undecided about accepting the place for her, as we are yet to hear from a few of the other independent schools closer to where we live. We like many things about the school and think it *may* be a good fit for our DD. However, I am concerned about the daily commute for drop-off and pick-up. I was also a bit wary to learn that last year's reception classes did not fill (they have 2-forms this year rather than the usual 3-forms). I wonder if that is an indication that the quality of the school is beginning to drop a bit?

I'm wondering if another in a similar position in past years have ever managed to "pass" on the initial offer and later secure a spot from the waitlist, if they do decide that's the best option for them a few months later? Also, I'd be keen to hear from any current parents about how the school feels since the new head has taken over.

Many thanks in advance!
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Re: Hurlingham School?

Postby Starr » Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:48 pm

It used to be very oversubscribed when I lived near and had a baby. Parents liked it because it was a more nurturing and a happy school.
Unfortunately tiger parenting is on the rise with those who expect their children to get into certain senior schools, all mapped out from birth so they want preps with 7 plus and 11 plus success. Conversely, people have said Hurlingham now gives a lot of homework in the latter years and now not as nice and nurturing a school as it was. Again this must be due to the fierce 11 plus completion and demands from parents to keep up.
My impression was its a nice school with a good range of destinations at senior.
It's a minefield and I hope you get some first hand reviews: mine are anecdotal.
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Re: Hurlingham School?

Postby Expatacular » Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:19 pm

Starr wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:48 pm
Parents liked it because it was a more nurturing and a happy school.
 

Yes, this was the impression we got when we first registered her. I like the individual attention and they seem to really care about the children. Our daughter is very bright, and I suspect she would do well at any school, but I'd like her to be someplace that feels supportive. 

Thanks for your thoughts! I appreciate any and all feedback, even anecdotal. As you say, it really is a minefield and I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed by it all. 
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