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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:30 pm 
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Hi,

My DS is in Y5 and i am planning to move him to independent school in Reading in September. I have 2 choices St.Josephs and Crossfields. ofsted report states both as good school.
I am unable to decide which one is the best and that too with big difference (£4500 per year) in fees between the schools.

Anyone has an idea why there is difference in fees? Is it because Crossfields is better?

Thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:44 pm 
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Crossfields has massive & excellent grounds, St Joes is rather more landlocked.

Until fairly recently Crossfields was a boys school but it has opened up to girls as well now. Initially the split was very much to the boys with a token number of girls but I am sure that is levelling a bit now. Facilities had to get addressed since there were obviouslly no girls changing rooms or setup for netball, dance etc. They have just built a spanking new pool.

Until fairly recently St Joes was a girls convent school but it has opened up to boys as well now. Initially they only took boys from 3 to 7 but it seems to have opened up to the full range now. Maybe it is still subsidised by the Catholic church?

I suspect both moves away from single gender were influenced by falling numbers - but have no facts to base that on.

If you choose St Joes he can stay to 18, Crossfields only goes to 13


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:08 pm 
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Reading Mum wrote:
If you choose St Joes he can stay to 18, Crossfields only goes to 13


Agree with all the above, Crossfields have had good success at placing boys at 13+ you can see the list on their website always a good sign, they've had some very good years at getting 13+ entry to Reading School if you want an academic and fee free environment. :D

Crossfileds is a sporty boys prep school, St Jo's is a Catholic girls school, both are in the process (it takes time) of going co-ed. So which suits your DS best, only you can tell?

Another odd thing I discovered during research last year is that St Jo's have some bursary funding from the defunct Presentation college.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:09 am 
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Thanks a lot for your replies.
I want him to go into private for the next two years and move to Grammar school after that(hopefully).
He likes sports(like most boys). Based on your replies i feel that Crossfields is better choice.


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