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which is best in your opinion?
Orley Farm 65%  65%  [ 11 ]
Reddiford 24%  24%  [ 4 ]
St Helen's Hillingdon 12%  12%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:06 pm 
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Hello,

I am trying to decide which of these 3 schools would be best for my 5 year old twins (Boy and Girl). I would be really greatful if any of you parents with older kids have feed back about how academic these schools are, overall education, ethos, postive and negative points not written in brochures! how well do the kids do at 11 plus?

Look forward to your feedback.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:09 pm 
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Good luck with your poll. I'm afraid I have no experience of these schools. Is there anything particular that you are looking for? Facilities, ethos etc?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:17 pm 
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Thanks for your reply. I was looking for academic achievement, ethos and a generally well rounded approach. I don’t want to be swayed solely by aesthetics and what they tell me.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I think Orley Farm is in a different league from Reddiford - i.e. it's a traditional prep school surrounded by green fields which sends some of its pupils to public schools. Reddiford on the other hand is bang in the middle of Pinner and seems to be on a fairly cramped site. It seems to feed into the Northwood and Herts private day schools and the Watford Grammars.

One or two children came back into the state primary system from Reddiford for one year (Harrow has or used to have year 7 in primary school) when they failed to pass the 11+ as the school stops at year 6.

The senior school at St Helens has a good reputation but I don't know much about the junior department.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:51 pm 
Haven't posted on here because I have only ever looked online and have friends at the school. It is a nice school and will keep your options open for senior school choice. It does have a lot of land and that should not be discounted as living in London kids don't have many opportunities to run free and little children especially need this. I would choose Orley Farm over the other schools as it caters for differing abilities and I find the least selective schools often have the best teachers.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:20 pm 
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Children from Orley Farm move on to my son's school (Aldenham ) at 13 and they play them at football in Y7 and Y8. Seems like a nice school . Don't know anything about the other 2 schools.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:27 pm 
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Thanks for the feed back so far. Orley Farm appears to be the favourite! Please keep the comments coming :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:13 pm 
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Okay I have experience of both Reddiford and Orley Farm.

Reddiford is very cramped, there just isn't the space to expand as it is in a residential area. They do make use of their space well, but there is only so much you can do I suppose, so the playground and classrooms are very small and not much space for the children to move around. There is no swimming pool or cooked school dinners. It's strength lies in that it gets very good 11+ results, with many children getting into grammar schools and first choice independent schools.

Orley Farm has better facilities and more space. Personally I think Reddiford is better academically and Orley farm better for everything else, though ofcourse they do well academically too, just not as well as Reddiford.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that in Orley farm the boys bit goes up to 13+ and often these sorts of schools are very reluctant for you to leave or even do the 11+. If you are considering Orley farm, I would have a look at that aspect - hth.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:20 pm 
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Hi Lola
Definetly biased as have 3 children at Orley Farm, one in year 5 preparing for 11 plus and twins in pre prep .
We choose Orley over the others for both the academic results, which are outstanding with many scholarships each year, but more importantly for us, for the all round education and the truly family focussed approach.
The music and drama are excellent and all the children truly benefit from the huge amount of outdoor space which is used fully in the curriculum.
Twins - the school is used to having twins , there are currently twins in years 1 -4.There is no sibling policy at Orley so assesment time was truly anxiety provoking with 2 of them to get in.Twins do tend to be put in separate classes and this has really worked for us with both girls still see each other alot during the day.

11 +/ Leavers destinations.- As with Reddiford , Orley sends boys and girls to a wide variety of schools but with many going to highly academic independant schools with scholarships. They school meet up with you in year 4 for girls to advise where they think would be best suited to your child both academically but also to suit their personality. To my knowledge this apears to be an accurate assesment, and in the recent results all the girls got their first choice of schools.
The school does not specifically cater for grammar school entry but those girls sitting for grammar schools were given some NVR coaching at school, and most of the preparation for the independant schools is directly relevant anyway.Whilst many parents would only consider independant there are some that enter both WGGS and HB or QEB from the school. In recent years children have gone on to Watford grammars and Parmiters.

Overall, would recommend it without hesitation for a very well rounded education that truly treats each child as an individual to make the most of his/ her potential be that sporting, musical or academic.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:15 pm 
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some good friends of our sent both boys to Reddiford but grew increasingly frustrated with lack of prep for 11+. My friend said the onus was on her to prepare her son. In the end she sent him to a crammer college for extra tuition and he got offers from Habs and MT's but was not successful with WGSB or Dr.Challenors.


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