Thank you Jane/Paints for the post and for using NVN.
Before I reply can I say upfront that we are huge huge fans of the school and would look to support it in any way we can. That also stands for any of the schools in our local neighbourhood, state or independent, primary or secondary.
can I pick up on a couple of points you mentioned specifically...
Since only the open days for private schools were mentioned in an e mail I received today from nappyvalleynet, here is a link to next week's Bolingbroke open days.
On a general basis we've mentioned as many state and independent school open days as we can.
There is a link here to our previous email
http://www.nappyvalleynet.com/dates-for ... open-days/
and in this we mentioned Lambeth and Wandsworth State Primary/Secondary open days.
The NappyValleyNet.com schools guide is (I think) pretty unique compared to other print/online guides in that we try to mention state and indy schools with equal weight and although I'm not saying we got it exactly right we are the only publication I've seen where they sit fully side by side in terms of editorial.
Gillian (the guides editor) and myself spent a lot of time over the summer poring over listings to try and get that very balance.
Bolingbroke, specifically, is an interesting example for NVN.
To reiterate, we were (and are) huge supporters of the school and feel it is an important resource for local parents.
In addition I'd like to think we were a great help at the birth of the school, I remember sending out a lot of emails about consultations and planning etc although that does seem a long time ago!
However when we were planning the guide we tried very very very hard to work with Bolingbroke and ARK and we had no luck whatsoever.
The parent company ARK were, to be blunt, a total nightmare to deal with (tens and tens of calls and emails going unanswered, emails to their CEO going unanswered and that's even after I travelled into Central London to meet with "their people".)
To be clear some of those conversations were about advertising but there were a lot of schools we dealt with who didn't take advertising and who still featured in our open day listings/editorial because they sent stuff through or replied to emails from us requesting info. I lost count of the number of times I tried to make contact with Bolingbroke directly (ARK aside) and no one *ever* came back. Ever.
I've had a similar conversation "offline" with a member of the PTA at Bolingbroke in the last 24 hours, we'd love to carry more information but your link is the very first piece of information that anyone has given me about open days!
Please please please do keep that information coming and when it does we'll keep pushing it!
Thanks for using NVN!