Go to navigation
It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:04 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:40 pm
Posts: 4
Hi, We're living in London at the moment but looking to relocate to Bucks largely due to the grammar schools and the distance to dh work. We have no friends or ties in the county so are completely open as to which area. dh works by Heathrow so perhaps closer to there than not would be good. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good primary schools, I am getting quite dizzy trying to narrow down search areas especially as I realise league tables and even ofsted doesn't tell the whole picture. At present 2 of my children go to a good church school with excellent results but also a very strong emphasis on kindness and good behaviour, I am terrified of moving them to a less kindly school. All my children are boys so something in the likely catchement for a boys grammar would be good, also we are catholic although they go to a CE school at the moment.

Thank you for any help. The prospect of moving is daunting.

nmal


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:49 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2005 5:26 pm
Posts: 7063
Welcome!

Do bear in mind that the better the school, the more difficult it may be to get a place. This is especially true if you are not applying in time for the 'normal point of entry' because it means the year group will probably already be full, in which case your application would be refused. In this situation you would have the right of appeal. I have no idea what age your children are, but - as a result of legislation on infant class sizes - appeals for Reception, year 1 or year 2 are almost impossible to win if the class has already reached 30. Appeals for other years are more of a balancing act (the strength of the school case for refusing further admissions against your reasons for needing for a place at the school in question).

If you intend to move in time to join a school at the normal point of entry, you would need to give the LA written proof that you have moved and are already living in your new home by the cut-off date, otherwise your new address would not be used for the first round of allocations. (As an example, the cut-off date for the first round of allocations for entry in September 2010 was 13th November 2009.)

_________________
Etienne


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:34 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:10 pm
Posts: 8206
Location: Buckinghamshire
Welcome from me too!

Another important point to bear in mind is that the alternatives to the grammar schools, should your sons not pass the 11+, can be pretty bad in some areas.

In the south-west part of the county however, you do have some reasonable alternatives - Chalfonts Community College is very popular, and the Amersham and Misbourne schools do a pretty good job.

The ideal could be to buy something that puts you firmly in catchment for Dr Challoners Boys school in Amersham, but also in catchment for the Chalfonts CC. Unfortunately just about the only area that is "safe" for both schools is Chalfont St. Giles, and house prices there are not exactly cheap. There is also one primary school in the area that is in a bit of a mess at present, and I fear that it could be one of the few with spaces.

A cheaper alternative could be High Wycombe, which puts you within range of the Royal Grammar School and also St. Bernard's Catholic Upper School. However, to be sure of getting in to St. Bernard's you would probably need to live very close to the school - perhaps within a mile - depending on whether you have solid proof of Catholic commitment.

You can check the distances for allocations for senior school here - this year's figures will be added shortly, but there were no radical changes:
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/11-plu ... rofile.php

I suggest that you make an initial decision based on your preferred senior schools (grammar and upper) and house prices, and then see where that takes you on primary schools. Any primary school in the top half of the Bucks league table should be OK, broadly speaking.

Sally-Anne


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 359
Location: Chiltern District, Bucks
Hello nmal,

The two Kingshills (Great and Little) are worth a look. So is Great Missenden CofE.

I'm keeping mindful of upper school and grammar school choices when pointing out these three.

Your budget for a house may well have a big influence the decision on where to buy.....i.e. you may have to get into the realms of allocation profiles/risk to get a relatively low cost house but still access to good schools....

Cheers


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:40 pm
Posts: 4
Hi,

Thanks for the replies, I'll have a look at the areas, its just great to have a starting point. My children are in Yr3, reception and one to start in 2011, hence why I feel this Summer may be better than next in that we will be in place for ds3 aplication to reception, but I'm getting worried about finding a school with 2 places available. Where we are at present there is a high turnover with approx 2-3 children leaving per class each year but I'm starting to realise this may not be the case out of London.
Sally-Anne, good point about alternatives, will definately factor this into decisions, with 3 children there has got to be a chance at least one of them won't make it.

thanks again, lots of research to do here before we even look for a house.

nmal


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:27 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:21 pm
Posts: 2
Re the comment "The ideal could be to buy something that puts you firmly in catchment for Dr Challoners Boys school in Amersham, but also in catchment for the Chalfonts CC. Unfortunately just about the only area that is "safe" for both schools is Chalfont St. Giles, and house prices there are not exactly cheap. There is also one primary school in the area that is in a bit of a mess at present, and I fear that it could be one of the few with spaces."

Not quite sure what is meant by the above comment on Chalfont St Giles primary schools. Both the Infant School and the Junior School in Chalfont St Giles are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:55 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:10 pm
Posts: 8206
Location: Buckinghamshire
Hi Crabster

crabster wrote:
Not quite sure what is meant by the above comment on Chalfont St Giles primary schools. Both the Infant School and the Junior School in Chalfont St Giles are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted!!

If you re-read my comment you will see that I state "in the area", and not specifically Chalfont St. Giles:
Sally-Anne wrote:
There is also one primary school in the area that is in a bit of a mess at present, and I fear that it could be one of the few with spaces."

The school I was referring to is Bell Lane Combined School in Little Chalfont, which is only a couple of miles from Chalfont St. Giles. The school has been in OFSTED special measures since May 2009, and progress towards addressing the issues at the school was deemed inadequate after a further inspection in March of this year.

As the original poster was moving to the area, and many of the schools in the vicinity are indeed outstanding (and therefore heavily oversubscribed), the likelihood is that the only school with vacancies would be Bell Lane, and I wished to warn the OP that they should do their research.

Quite why you presumed that I was making that statement about either of the schools in Chalfont St. Giles is beyond me.

Sally-Anne


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:19 pm
Posts: 517
Location: bucks
At the risk of sounding like an estate agent i would like to aquaint you with our area here in mid west bucks just into bucks from the oxfordshire border at thame, there are a number of villages in this part of bucks that all have good primary schools but also the specific advantage of being in the catchment for the comprehensive secondary in thame (oxfordshire) which is a good comp particularly as you don't have a selective system in oxfordshire and so the top 30% are not syphoned off to grammars, but also has the advantage that because the primary schools are in bucks you have the option of doing the 11 plus and going to the various grammar schools in aylesbury as in county applicants and so you have a great choice of grammar or v good comprehensive either as a choice or as a fall back position if you aren't succesful at 11 plus although i am sure this wouldn't be a problem now you have found this website :wink:. It is also convenient for the excellent range of private schools in oxford.

Quite a few people who work at heathrow live here so i assume the commute is not too bad its only 5 mins or so to the M40

and also properties will probably be a bit cheeper than these really exclusive south bucks areas :)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:30 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:40 pm
Posts: 359
Location: Chiltern District, Bucks
Tree,

Yes, Long Crendon always struck me as a good bet for the reasons you describe. And it's a very attractive place too.

Cheers


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Good Primary Schools
PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:19 pm
Posts: 517
Location: bucks
Thanks Dad40 although not only long crendon a few other villages have the same unique advantage shabbington/oakley/brill/chilton and they are all really nice


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016