Down to earth private primaries

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Down to earth private primaries

Postby vmreboll » Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:21 pm

We’re moving back to London in a years time, and I’m looking for schools for my boys (6 and 4 yo at the moment) in Clapham, Wandsworth, Balham. We would like a private primary, we can afford it, but really concerned about the vibe and if they’re extremely posh. We would love a more down to earth primary, coed, where my DS will thrive, and a good preparation for the 11+. Also, how difficult it is to get a in-year place (we will need a place for year 1 and year 3. And the same school for them, we wouldn’t want to send them to separate schools, even in secondary).
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Postby Abbevilleteacher » Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:15 pm

My nieces had a really good experience at Hornsby house in Balham.

I also did teaching practice at Finton House- loved it (18 years ago but I’ve heard really good things about it more recently too...)

Both are co-Ed…
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Postby Coffeeplease » Fri Jul 29, 2022 9:12 pm

Eveline Day School and the White House are worth looking into. Very down to earth, workings parents mostly, kids are lovely and really good pastoral care.
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Postby Ramaboo » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:16 pm

Newton Prep in Battersea is definitely worth considering - no hats/blazers/airs. Feels about as informal as a private school can. Very warm atmosphere. Co-ed.

School has great facilities but the somewhat 'urban' setting near railway lines might put off some parents looking for a more traditional 'English school' appearance.  
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Postby nhorne » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:24 pm

Try Dolphin school, off Northcote Road. My son is in Y2 and is thriving there. It’s very down to earth and extremely welcoming.
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https://www.eatonsquareschools.com/nursery-prep/admissions/open-mornings-and-visits/
https://www.hydetutoring.com/
http://therocheschool.com
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Postby WhiteKnight » Mon Aug 01, 2022 6:59 am

The Roche School, in Wandsworth is absolutely lovely and worth looking at.
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Postby Vista321 » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:36 am

Slightly depends on where you’ll live but if in or around Wandsworth, you can’t beat The Roche School. It sounds perfect for what you’re after. Has had many, many fabulous reviews. I’ve been very pleased with it for my child.
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Postby Ambeeeee » Mon Aug 01, 2022 7:40 am

I would second taking a look at The Roche. We went to see a lot of schools throughout the area when I was pregnant with my two. We loved the Roche. Now nearly 8 years down, it hasn’t disappointed. Kids really happy and settled there. They are doing really well academically. It has a lovely community. We have met loads of down-to-earth and like minded parents.
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Postby Anne123 » Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:40 am

My child has attended Roche since Reception and is now in Upper School. 
  • We chose Roche because of it's friendly family feel which was very beneficial for our son who was quite shy an quiet as a youngster. 
  • As we have progressed through the school years though we have realised that the ethos of making every child happy and nurtured does not compensate (when compared to other independent private schools in the area) for inadequate administration (no parent portal for homework assignments, parent/teacher communications), lack of musical instrument classes, limited language classes (completely behind most other private schools in French at Yr6), teaching only up to national curriculum standards in Maths/English, a one page (one-sided A5) report card (no progress reports throughout the term) in the autumn and winter terms, 18 min parent/teacher term meetings (across Class, English, Math), lack of facilities and general focus only on well-being rather than challenging and developing the children to their full potential. 
  • The focus on mastering the 11+ test and then residential trips (in year 5 & year 6) significantly impacts the teaching from Year 5 onwards in core subjects and disciplines which means that children are unlikely to achieve top sets in Year 7 schools and limits their potential options for Senior schools and Universities.
Roche is a 'good' school (2018 Ofsted report) and the outcome objective is to ensure they reach average national curriculum standards. Worrying though Roche seems to discourage over-achievement by not giving bored under-stimulated children more challenging schoolwork (instead they have to sit quietly and wait until the rest of the class 'catches up' (which takes a long time now that sets are mixed so abilities are all over the place) and are singled out at times for not being patient.))

 
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http://therocheschool.com
https://www.hydetutoring.com/
https://www.eatonsquareschools.com/nursery-prep/admissions/open-mornings-and-visits/
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Postby Hardyboys » Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:17 pm

I would suggest having a look at Wandsworth Preparatory School too. Lovely small school and my boys are very happy there. They are very down to earth and a reasonably diverse student body, so no snobbiness at all.
Good luck finding the right school for your kids.
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Postby vmreboll » Tue Aug 02, 2022 1:47 am

Thank you very much for your replies. This information is really useful to us. And just to be sure, what do you think about the state schools in the area: Honeywell and Belleville? Is there a massive difference with a private primary school? My main concern is the “snobiness” you can find in a private school (isn’t Prince George attending Thomas’s? How posh could that school be?)
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Postby Anne123 » Tue Aug 02, 2022 11:03 am

I remain completely confused by parents needing a down to earth school for their social comfort.  Surely we should all be assessing schools by their educational strengths and ability to challenge and develop our children.  Personally I believe Thomas's must be in an ideal position in that it is able to make great investments in their core teaching practice (by attracting the best teachers) and their facilities which greatly benefit the student population.  
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Postby Vista321 » Wed Aug 03, 2022 5:10 pm

@Anne123 I would just say that many parents choose schools for way more than academic educational challenge and development. They choose on ethos, values, educational philosophy, diversity, pastoral care, SEN provision (including for those with very high IQ) etc.
Personally, I think The Roche delivers really well on all of the above. Every child feeling happy and nurtured is extremely important in enabling their all round educational achievement and way more so than a flashy parent portal.
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http://www.eliteeducationgroup.co.uk/
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Postby Anne123 » Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:35 pm

I think you miss the overall point. Facing challenges and exceeding standards creates a mindset for future achievement.  Being told you are great and never being pushed does not help these children after their time at Roche.  And I completely disagree on Roche supporting high achievers.  Resources are significantly diverted to help children to reach average performance (like teaching assistants being moved to help students).  The same can not be set for children who ask for more challenging work - they are not assigned these same resources and are asked to help out the students who are struggling and are asked to wait patiently while the rest of the class catches up.  So this is not true that all students are given the same attention.
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Postby ups and downs » Thu Aug 04, 2022 1:47 pm

My brother has 2 children at Hornsby House and sings its praises regularly. We also have our eldest down to go there.
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