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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:33 pm 
We have a choice of these two catchment schools for my daughter.
They are both, obviously, good schools but has been difficult to get a real feeling for either of them. There were aspects of both that I liked/disliked and my daughter doesn't have any particular preference - I'm sure she'd be happy at either.

Would be grateful for some insight from parents at either school. What are the Headteachers like, is there good communication with parents, how do they differ?, what are your likes/dislikes etc?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:04 pm 

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I would go round both during the school day.

Also look on the website at the letters home and look at what sorts of things get into the newsletter?

Which one is easier to get to? Does one offer extra-curricular opportunities that the other doesn't?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:45 pm 
Thanks Guest 55.

Have tried this already. Unfortunately there appear to be no newsletters/ general correspondence for either since last summer!
Whether this is genuinely the case or it's just not published, I don't know.

The problem is actually having a choice. With my son there was none. We weren't particularly impressed at his open day but knew from word of mouth that it had an excellent reputation. On joining, however, you get to know what the school is really like and it is so much better than we'd ever hoped - we couldn't be more pleased. It probably also helps that in the interim the facilities have been greatly enhanced and the school considerably smartened up.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:11 pm 
Some thoughts to take into account:

Don't forget to check out the differences in curriculum between the two schools.

For example, at BHS, the girls can choose to do 2 of French, German, Spanish or Latin in year 7, or if they want to do 2 modern languages plus Latin, they can do Latin as an extra subject at lunch time. These choices might be significant if your daughter might be a linguist. If she's a scientist, then perhaps DGHS offers 3 separate sciences at GCSE. (At present, to the best of my knowledge, BHS only offers double science). If she's into history and geography, can she take both subjects at GCSE?

BHS are condensing KS3 into 2 years, with the intention of giving the girls more flexibility with additional GCSE options or early start to A levels. Is DGHS doing the same?

How much time do they get for lunch? This could be important if your daughter wants to do lots of lunchtime activities.

What are the sporting facilities and clubs if you have a sporty girl? What about swimming?

What time will your daughter get home from school in the evening? What time will she have to leave home in the morning?

What are the homework policies? BHS has had a deliberate policy of reducing homework for year 7's. This year, there's a maximum of 3 subjects a night, to a maximum of 1hour 10 mins in total. In reality, my new year 7 rarely gets 3 subjects a night. This leaves her time for the multitude of other activities she takes part in. She even has time to play....!

Hope some of this helps

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