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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:52 pm 
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Hello. We moved to Bucks in January. So we are in the catchment for all 3 girls schools above. Somehow DD has lucky passed both Bucks and Kendrick in Reading tests. Now I have heard good things about all 3. My question is which order to put them on the application. Second question is to those that travel from Bucks to Reading. What is the journey like from High Wycombe Reading? I can't find any information on a school bus.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:26 pm 
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Journey from HW to Reading will be hideous I should imagine. Please try it at normal school hours before commititng your DD to it for the next 5/7 years.
There certainly won’t be a school bus. Kendrick don't have any school buses at all. Most girls travel by train or public bus.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:26 pm 
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All 3 are great schools - which did your dd prefer when she visited them?

Wycombe to Kendrick would be the most awful journey - definitely not one to do for 7 years as a child! I wouldn’t do Marlow to Reading daily as an adult!!

If you live in Wycombe I would choose WHS - it’s the closest and would give your dd the best quality of life.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:33 pm 
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I agree with the advice above. If you live in Wycombe, choose WHS. There is a big advantage to proximity if you have that option. A nice, short journey to school should outweigh any differences in exam results or Oxbridge entries which is what some will look at.

1. WHS
2. BHS
3. Kendrick


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:38 pm 
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kittymum wrote:
All 3 are great schools - which did your dd prefer when she visited them?

Wycombe to Kendrick would be the most awful journey - definitely not one to do for 7 years as a child! I wouldn’t do Marlow to Reading daily as an adult!!

If you live in Wycombe I would choose WHS - it’s the closest and would give your dd the best quality of life.


Thank you. She preferred Kendrick only because it has 96 per year group so half the size of the other 2.


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No-one does the journey to Kendrick - it's not sustainable.


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RTM wrote:
kittymum wrote:
All 3 are great schools - which did your dd prefer when she visited them?

Wycombe to Kendrick would be the most awful journey - definitely not one to do for 7 years as a child! I wouldn’t do Marlow to Reading daily as an adult!!

If you live in Wycombe I would choose WHS - it’s the closest and would give your dd the best quality of life.


Thank you. She preferred Kendrick only because it has 96 per year group so half the size of the other 2.


You could always move again?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:00 pm 
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ToadMum wrote:
RTM wrote:
kittymum wrote:
All 3 are great schools - which did your dd prefer when she visited them?

Wycombe to Kendrick would be the most awful journey - definitely not one to do for 7 years as a child! I wouldn’t do Marlow to Reading daily as an adult!!

If you live in Wycombe I would choose WHS - it’s the closest and would give your dd the best quality of life.


Thank you. She preferred Kendrick only because it has 96 per year group so half the size of the other 2.


You could always move again?


:lol: Not again!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:04 pm 
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RTM wrote:
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You could always move again?


:lol: Not again!


Then go to WHS. IF you decide she has to go to Kendrick, move to Earley, where there is an outstanding comprehensive that people fight over to gain entrance, with a great community feel and fabulous opportunities for DC. And of course a lot of crazy parents whose children spend most of their day in traffic jams trying to get to schools in Slough/Bucks, with the odd one going to Kendrick.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:54 pm 
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RTM wrote:
kittymum wrote:
All 3 are great schools - which did your dd prefer when she visited them?

Wycombe to Kendrick would be the most awful journey - definitely not one to do for 7 years as a child! I wouldn’t do Marlow to Reading daily as an adult!!

If you live in Wycombe I would choose WHS - it’s the closest and would give your dd the best quality of life.


Thank you. She preferred Kendrick only because it has 96 per year group so half the size of the other 2.


It may be a small year group, but it does have large class sizes in the lower years (32 in years 7-9 for most subjects).
Whilst DD also liked it due to the small school size, but we wouldn’t have even considered it if it was going to be a hideous journey. She has a short bus ride to school (on public transport) but could walk it and sometimes does.

Even now as we look at possible plan B sixth form choices, some possibles have been completely discounted because they are a pain to get to.


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