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 Post subject: KEGS
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:29 pm 

Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:02 pm
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Hello all
First of all many thanks to all the contributors on the forum - up until now I've been a non-member but found it really useful.

We're relocating this Summer to be within commuting distance of London.

We put KEGS on our CAF and my DS scored sufficiently high that he should be OK as an out of area boy.

I just wondered what parents with boys at KEGS thought of it - we've learn a lot from the website and virtual open day but I thought it would be good to get first hand views.
Many thanks

 Post subject: Re: KEGS
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:19 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:52 am
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My son is currently in Year 7 at KEGS.
He loves it there and has settled in really well. We are from out of catchment and only two other kids from his primary school are at the school (different classes). He gets a coach to and from school and he is coping well with the journey and slightly earlier start.
They do work them hard though - they have a LOT of homework - average 3 pieces per day , sometimes 4 or 5.
The expected standard of work is high and you sense that from the very beginning. The also expect the children to be very independent and communicate more directly with the boys. For instance, there is nowhere for parents to see what homework they have been assigned - they communicate directly with the boys and expect them to record and monitor it. Parents are only notified if the get 'referrals' for not handing in their homework when due!
Due to the pandemic, they have missed out on all the extra curricular and practical elements of education. KEGS also seem to have taken an extremely risk averse approach and they haven't done anything like cooking or workshop time for DT.
Let me know any questions you might have and I will try my best to answer.

 Post subject: Re: KEGS
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:28 pm 

Joined: Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:12 am
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My son is coming up for his 11+ this year and I have been reading some troubling stories which have been relayed to me through other parents. I also have a daughter entering CCHS this year and it has certainly opened my eyes to some issues I hadn’t even considered. However, as things stand I would be loathe to send my son to this school without some reassurances, but I would certainly be interested in hearing from any current KEGS parents about how the school are communicating these issues, and how they will potentially go about protecting the students.
For anyone that is interested and perhaps in a similar situation, these issues are being openly discussed online.


 Post subject: Re: KEGS
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:53 pm 

Joined: Thu Nov 27, 2014 5:04 pm
Posts: 1986
I have read through some of these today and they are beyond horrifying. Unfortunately from my own experiences at a (different) school, I can well imagine a school culture spreading to include staff and students. (In my case it was nothing like this but teachers were complicit in maintaining a Queen Bee hierarchy so that the worst bullies became head girl etc).
This is not normal behaviour for most schools, even most boys schools.
I'm not surprised you're wondering whether to send your child here. It sounds awful.

 Post subject: Re: KEGS
PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:28 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:58 pm
Posts: 71
The KEGS story made the BBC:


There is a similar set of stories for CRGS in Colchester.

https://www.scarlettmansfield.com/blog (no direct link because it contains a word I suspect would get this post flagged/deleted).
https://crgs-comments.blogspot.com/p/cr ... ments.html

My daughter has two female friends at CRGS who have contributed to the comment thread and corroborate the stories.

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