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 Post subject: priory school birmingham
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 7:01 pm 
does anyone have any views on the priory in edgbaston, although their results are not in the same league as kes they have a good reputation. do you think it is worth sending there rather than a good up and coming comp of which there are quite a few in brum?


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 Post subject: Priory School
PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:00 pm 
No personal experience, but I have heard it well spoken of pastorally and the children are said to be nice and friendly. It is not remotely in the same league as KES and KEHS, but doesn't pretend to be and caters for a different group of children. Are there really some good up and coming comps in Birmingham?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 8:28 pm 
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Perhaps it's Birmingham, Alabama? :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:50 pm 
well ninestiles is getting quite a reputation for excellence!! I have just been looking at what pupils do now on friends reunited, absolutely fascinating. to see how children have developed from both priory and comprehensive.
If the child is happy and not under excessive pressure then priory sounds good. I sat with them on the bus and they were very impressive, I didn`t hear one swear word !!!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:59 pm 
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Hi Hifinutt

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I sat with them on the bus and they were very impressive, I didn`t hear one swear word !!!


I believe that you have struck upon a technique for evaluating schools that is worth a thousand OFSTED reports. The mark of a good school truly is how the children behave on the bus on the way home.

So simple, and so obvious - why didn't I think of it!

Sally-Anne


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 Post subject: The bus test
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:32 pm 
Wouldn't help at my daughter's school - the vast majority of the pupils walk (or beg their mums for a lift from the junior school half way) - I don't think many live far enough away for a bus. The tide of green blazers along the pavement is a spectacular sight!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:13 pm 
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Follow the crowd Solimum! Eavesdrop like mad!

Good to hear that there are still children who walk to school though. A rare sight in leafy Bucks!


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 Post subject: Walking to school
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:01 am 
Yes we are fortunate here. Walking to and from school is an important social part of the day, as well as good exercise! We live about 2 miles away from the school, which is about the furthest extremity of the catchment . There is a combination of feeder primaries and catchment areas now after the LEA was caught out by the bulge in the school population a few years ago: they had to admit an extra class in my son's year (current Yr 12) as there were so many living in the catchment who applied: the following year they tried to introduce a distance criterion within the catchment amidst howls of protest from my neighbours who had always assumed their children would attend the local secondary school. They finally had to admit the half-a-dozen who appealed and introduced "priority to feeder primaries if there's over-subscription within the catchment" the following year.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:12 am 
Sally Anne

Swanshurst, Selly Park Girls, Kings Norton Girls, Kings Norton Boys, Ninestiles - yes there are a lot of good comprehensives in Birmingham. Don't get into the "let's all say the comprehensives are useless" - they aren't actually. These are only the ones I know of in a certain area - I am sure that there are good ones in North Birmingham too.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:17 am 
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Lucky you guest - grammars and some good comps! All we have are grammars, a very few good upper schools and the rest ..... :roll:


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