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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:21 pm 
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We are considering the above schools for our two children and like different aspects of them all. However we are leaning towards Breaside simply for their professionalism, facilities and friendliness. This was the first choice of the kids. However, we have little "behind the scenes" knowledge of either school and would really appreciate any experiences (both good and bad). Are they well run with experienced staff who challenge and stretch children? Are children and parents happy? We are new to Bromley and so a bit lost. Both children are academic and we'd hope for St Olaves/ Newstead Wood or Trinity/ Bromley High although who knows! Any feedback appreciated.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:43 pm 
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Location: Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent
None of these schools are selective on their intake so will have a broad range of abilities. I have most knowledge of Braeside as it is the larger and my friend's two DSs went there and another friend's DD went. The boys were very bright and the school seemed to cater for the range of abilities in their class but their mum said they never had real 'competition' in the school but that may be something that is seen as a plus for some parents. They had excellent planning for all the entrance exams including a fair of schools to consider. I have heard some find the style of management of the owners of Braeside - who also have others schools - doesn't suit them but again that is just one opinion. My friend with the DD left after a few years and her daughter joined Bromley High in Y3. Her reasons were she knew she was staying in the independent sector and Bromley High had a more academic focus as well as the playing fields and sports facilities that were not available at Braeside.

I guess you are looking at a co-ed junior school for a DD and a DS but I know some parents who consider separate schools too. The girls at Bromley High get an automatic pass through to the senior school if you want them to stay on so less stress at 11. Babbington also co-ed is also a school I would put ahead of any of those you have listed but appreciate location may not be as convenient depending where you live.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:51 am 
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Hi PettswoodFiona, thanks so much for your reply. We are leaning against a "through" school as we would like to have some choice about where the children go for senior school and I think a stand alone school would better prepare the children for 11+. it's reassuring to hear Breaside prepare children well for entrance exams and they seem to get a good proportion of girls into Newstead Wood and Bromley High, as do each of these schools.

We are moving from a very competitive school outside the area. Our son is bright but shy and a more nurturing environment would do much to build up his confidence and get the best out of him. He'd do much better as a "bigger fish in a small pond!".

Thank you again for taking the time to reply. Very much appreciated!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:45 pm 
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From my interaction with the students
- Breaside: very well mannered
- Ashgrove: academically sharper
- St. Christopher - no idea

However, you may need private tuitions for getting admission in the top grammar schools.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 9:14 pm 
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Hi, my 2 are at Ashgrove. Happy for you to pm me if you want more info. We think it's great.


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