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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:59 am 
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My DD passed both the Newstead Wood and Kent exams with scores of 230 and 412 respectively.
We're now in a position where we have to decide which of these schools would be first choice. Had an opportunity to visit Tonbridge recently but not Newstead. Would appreciate any useful information to help make an informed choice.
At the moment, DD likes both schools

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:52 pm 
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Where do you live? If you're not sure between the two, go for the one which is closer/easier to get to. Long journeys are exhausting for these kids


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:15 pm 
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Sassymom, we're in the same position - with almost identical scores (KCC 409, NWS 231) and we're also really interested in the answers, as these are our two top choices too.

We are in Orpington, so NWS is much closer and we are OOC for Kent. However, NWS does look a bit "dated" (in the way that council offices or an NHS hospital might), though by all accounts the girls will be properly stretched.

We haven't been to see TOGS yet, but have done a fair bit online research.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:12 pm 
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We are also in the same position, 262 for Newstead and in county for Kent with 415.

We have seen both schools.

The GCSE results for Tonbridge Grammar seem to take a big dip in 2019. We would like to know why and whether it is a school that is declining from its 2014 peak days. Newstead trends seem to be on the up.

So hard to know.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Hello everyone, we are in the same position as you all.

We viewed both schools and my daughter set her heart on ToGs at the open evening, although she got a full score 280 in NW exam.

We have been advised to go to NW by a tutor and a mum whose DD already there, due to NW’s better academic performance. Also, we live in Orpington, NW is an easy access for us and can save thousands of pounds on train tickets per year. But DD just loves ToGs, she loves the campus, various clubs it offers and the school uniform over NW.

It is important DD is happy at school, so I respect her choice.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:01 pm 
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It depends on your daughter. Mine is in year 8 at NW. She could have gone to TOGS, and actually WoK was our favourite school, but we chose NW based on distance (we're in Petts Wood). She's usually ready by 8.10am, so it would not have suited her to have to get up earlier to get the train. She's really enjoying NW and likes that it's close by. However it's all down to personal choice.

I'm going through the same decision making process with my son at the moment - we all love Dartford Grammar, but we'll put St. Olave's down as 1st choice as it's closer.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:27 pm 
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Location: Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent
We made this decision a few years ago, choosing between Townley and its sparkly buildings and facilities and ToGS and its amazing offering to and also chose NW for proximity and that DD identified more with the girls then when looking round. She is currently in Y10 and loving it. They do have slightly smaller classes too at NW with 27 in the lower school classes. The school don’t do blocking for GCSEs so it is genuinely about the girls getting their combination of choices beyond the compulsory ones. DD loves Engineering - I don’t know if Tonbridge offer this? Yes it is tired building wise but that is as they spend more on teaching.

You may already be bored of my threads but just in case you haven’t seen this recent one about Newstead it may answer some of your questions viewtopic.php?f=51&t=59331


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