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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:52 am 
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Please advise on other options, other than 11 plus.
We are planning to move to Taplow soon and wanted to know comprehensive and independent options in and around this area.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:31 am 
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There are no comprehensive schools in Bucks, but in Taplow you would be near the Maidenhead schools. Indies - Claire's Court/Maidenhead College?
Just google independent schools Maidenhead or schools Maidenhead and then ask about specific schools & I'm sure people will advise.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:07 am 
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We live in watford, my ds did not pass QE- on waiting list number 80 and did not get watford grammar- score was 232.
do you think i have any chance applying for a 12+ grammar schools?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:40 am 
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akwukwo wrote:
We live in watford, my ds did not pass QE- on waiting list number 80 and did not get watford grammar- score was 232.
do you think i have any chance applying for a 12+ grammar schools?


Maybe start your own thread? From Watford you could probably get to Chesham Grammar - not sure of the transport links.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:33 pm 
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scary mum wrote:
There are no comprehensive schools in Bucks, but in Taplow you would be near the Maidenhead schools. Indies - Claire's Court/Maidenhead College?


Thanks SM for the info. Presume there are few upper schools or academies for kids who don't get Grammar.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:38 pm 
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Of course, just look on the Bucks County Council website for catchment areas etc. I though you meant you didn't want an upper school.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:05 am 
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For Taplow the catchment Secondary modern is Burnham E-Act Academy (formerly Burnham Upper)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:37 am 
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We live in Taplow / Dorney too - elder daughter goes to Becky High and loves it. Younger one goes to St Pirans in Maidenhead - started in Y4. We pulled her from our catchment primary as we were concerned they were not stretching the more academic kids enough, and have not regretted the move - she is flying now.

In terms of other options this is where this area can be a challenge if they don't qualify. Personally I would not use Burnham Academy (and I did go and see it - 3 times) - it is the catchment Upper, but is most definitely an Upper. For the kids at the brighter end I think they limit their options too much. For example they only offer one lauguage - French - and many other restrictions. IMHO its better to look at the Maidenhead comprehensives if no qualification for grammar - but you should go any look yourself - it may have changed a lot since I went 2 years ago.

Altwood, Newlands (girls), and Cox Green in Maidenhead are popular comprehensives. Newlands is lovely - but not many from out of Maidenhead get in - but kids from Burnham / Taplow go to the others. There is a boys comp too - on Shoppenhangars lane - can't remember the name! Buses run along the A4 from Taplow area.

Independents - not too many choices locally cos of the grammar system - but Claires Court in Maidenhead, Licensed Victuallers in Ascot, The Abbey and Blue Coats in Reading are a few!

Good luck in your planning! It's not easy!! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:59 am 
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My son went to Claire's Court and loved it. He did well enough to transfer to SWBGS for A levels so we only paid for 5 years! I can't recommend Claire's Court highly enough.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:36 pm 
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In terms of other options this is where this area can be a challenge if they don't qualify. Personally I would not use Burnham Academy (and I did go and see it - 3 times) - it is the catchment Upper, but is most definitely an Upper. For the kids at the brighter end I think they limit their options too much. For example they only offer one lauguage - French - and many other restrictions. IMHO its better to look at the Maidenhead comprehensives if no qualification for grammar - but you should go any look yourself - it may have changed a lot since I went 2 years ago.



Kind of what I was getting at :D


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