The school is very parent friendly, has a fantastic mix of children and stretches them both academically and in sport, art, drama and music. You are kept up to date with half termly reports, which I find very helpful and the boys are aware they have staged assessments for these reports, so it keeps them on their toes.
The sports facilities are brilliant and varied and the art and design and technology depts and their current art teaching staff are amazing, offering support at lunch times rather than home work, meaning pupils can extend their work with the help of a teacher if they are keen, which they all seem to become! They could do with more computers and support staff in ict for projects that cannot be done on their iPads, such as programming, less people have big home computers now so more boys need access at school.
Whenever you visit is seems clean and the boys are well turned out and polite and due to healthy after school and lunchtime activities they seem to know one another between years.
Communication, like in all schools could be better, they have also fallen into the bucks grammar school trap of pandering to the wealthy, with ski trips costing 1300 rather than 700-800 offered by the two local upper schools and the pa reps can be a little too enthusiastic with fundraising. I sometimes wish they would shout a little louder about how fantastic they are, I have boys at jh and rgs, the latter is very arrogant about its achievements and strives for gold in everything they do, often making sport and activities not all inclusive due to their desire to concentrate on the best performers,I am lucky my son is good at their chosen few team sports, but many are not, jh s very inclusive obviously they have a smaller trophy cabinet due to this, but happy,confident, fit boys. They do get brilliant academic and art results though, without the bullying or draconian methods employed by some grammar schools and I think they should reward themselves with a bit more of the rgs style arrogance! The over all atmosphere is one of calm, this was the deciding factor for my third son, who prefers just to get on with life and not shout about it, I feel confident that quieter children are not lost at jh but are encouraged, I will find out soon, I hope I am right.
The biggest negative is the location if you are from the wycombe area, Marlow hill is a nightmare for traffic, with a motorway junction, large industrial estate and four secondary schools all within half a mile of one another, travelling to the school is rather tiresome, but there are school buses if you have the spare cash, or you can be mean like we are and get him to use shoe leather, rather than petrol to climb the hill......many do!