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 Post subject: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:34 am 
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Mr DS scored 337.38 so we are on the borderline for entry into KEGS.

We had always discounted WHSB because of the distance but having now looked at the travel times. The journey to KEGS is the same as WHSB for us (from Great Totham).

He has more of a chance of getting into WHSB so I think we should now consider it as an option.

I would really appreciate if anyone on here has a DS who travels to WHSB to give me their opinion on how they have found the journey. Also if anyone has any thoughts/comparisons between KEGS and WHSB.

We are going to visit both next week but would appreciate some advice from those in the know.


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:31 pm 
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I am, sadly, not a person in the know.

But I can give you my personal opinion.

We didn't take to KEGS - for various reasons which I will happily PM you if you really want to know (is nothing exciting and is, I stress, personal opinion).

We are swaying towards WHSB. The results are good. Yes, KEGS beats them in most subject areas (apart from English Lang, Pe and German which I consider a rough draw). But what impresses me is its progress 8 score which sits well above SHSB and KEGS. The progress 8 score is a sort of value added measure - the higher the score the more progress the pupils are making. I suppose it reassures me that WHSB pupils are making more measurable progress from their starting points than KEGS.
Finally, the school said everything in the open evening that I wanted to hear.

I can't comment on the travel for you but I've just google mapped it and it looks like a hefty commute.


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:03 pm 
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I have a son in Kegs so can try to answer any questions. No idea about whsb though as we live in Chelmsford so for us it was Kegs or one of the excellent local comps, didn't look further afield.


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:34 am 
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Thanks slightlysressedmum.

We were all really impressed with kegs when we went to the open morning in summer.

I will PM you some questions later if that's ok


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:41 am 
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If you prefer KEGS but would accept WHSB then put them in that order on the CAF. Not sure why you would change your mind about KEGS just because your son's score was slightly lower than you expected?


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:47 am 
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Thanks KB

I think I may have misled you. We have always intended to put KEGS as the first option but now his score is borderline, we are considering other options.

Having never been to WHSB but having been to KEGS I wanted to see if anyone one had any opinions comparing the two.


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:22 am 
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Ashtara wrote:
Thanks KB

I think I may have misled you. We have always intended to put KEGS as the first option but now his score is borderline, we are considering other options.

Having never been to WHSB but having been to KEGS I wanted to see if anyone one had any opinions comparing the two.


Ah. Well, if it helps, we have at least visited both (although Westcliff is only a mile from us, both our DSs chose SHSB). I actually liked WHSB more than I imagined I would when I finally got to look round on the open evening for DS2 three years ago (DH having gone with DS1 a year early for his intake and the latter deciding that he didn't want to look again the next year). At the time, their classes were larger than SHSB's, but a random boy I asked was at pains to assure me that even as one of 31, he always felt that he was getting individual attention from the teacher. I think he meant, in a good way :lol: . The facilities were okay - and have recently been upgraded.

DS2 and I also visited KEGS, which we both liked, but felt that it didn't offer any advantages over our local grammar schools that warranted the travelling (not very reliable cross-country bus, or three trains). I was slightly concerned at the amount of belongings generally piled up around the corridors in the sixth form block (no lockers?) and actually rather hoped that one of the other parents on the tour would turn out to be a member of the local fire service :shock: . Apart from that, the (old) HT was great and the staff and pupils we met very friendly and enthusiastic.

We didn't get to see the off-site sports facilities at KEGS; WHSB has a large sports field, gym, indoor cricket nets etc on site.

(SHSB still beats then at nearly everything, sportswise, though - just sayin', as they say :lol: ).

You really need to go and look at Westcliff on the info day, if you are going to put it as a preference on your CAF.

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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:36 am 
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Ashtara wrote:
Thanks slightlysressedmum.

We were all really impressed with kegs when we went to the open morning in summer.

I will PM you some questions later if that's ok


Yes, fine to PM me x


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:24 pm 
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I have a son in year 9 at KEGS he's very happy. I too wondered about the mountains of bags piled up before he started there however the system now is that they don't carry bags around at all. They have to use their lockers and only take from them the books they need for the next one or two sections on the time table. It seems to work well and I'm very happy he doesn't spend the day lugging a heavy bag around. I did not like WHSB when I looked around with DS1 a few years ago. Their open evening was so busy and chaotic and we were herded around by 6th formers who allowed us 2 minutes in each classroom...it put us off the extent we didn't even consider it for DS1. We went back with DS2 in June and loved it! Our tour was great, teachers we spoke to seemed motivated and enthusiastic and I would definitely have considered it for DS2. However his score is good enough for KEGs and DS1 is happy there. KEGs does have good sports facilities, in my sons year the "top" group for Games (it varies depending on the sport) does not travel to Off site sports facility but stays at school giving them longer to train. They also have an additional hour of PE at another time in the week when they do things like table tennis, basketball and gymnastics. Feel free to pm if you have any KEGs questions!


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 Post subject: Re: KEGS or WHSB?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:03 pm 
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And with the opposite of Bikkigirls son, my sport hating son is simply delighted that some of his double games lesson is taken up with the bus to Bedford Fields. :-D


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