City Dad wrote:
A reply to OldBean regarding Bancrofts, Chigwell and Forest. If you are interested, The Telegraph 2015 GCSE tables (Independant Schools) ranks Bancroft at 14, Chigwell at 91 and Forest 120. In the 2014 tables, Bancroft was 41, Chigwell was 110 and Forest was 80.
Congratulations to you and Settembrini firstly.
We have visited Bancrofts and we found it to be very academic with impressive facilities. Chigwell is a lot smaller school, again good academically. However, we felt a lot to be desired at Forest but we cannot comment on the Girls School though. Our daughter was invited to the Forest Scholarship exams along with a group of girls when the Girl Guide was pushed over by a Boy from the Boys School who ran off laughing. This was rather shocking. We have first hand experience that there seem to be other 'problems' at Forest, therefore we moved our son because of this incident, 'problems' and the poor pastoral care that we felt lacking for our son. Our daughter chose another school nearer to us in the end.
I am sorry if this sounds rather negative but at the end of the day you have to weigh up everything in deciding the best school for your child and most importantly, they have to be happy there, as they will be there till aged 16. Forest does have good facilities it is the other factors that you need to aware of.
Thanks City Dad for your thoughts, it's always good to hear from people who have first hand experience. I guess Forest was our back up school and in reality we will choose between Bancrofts and Chigwell. It's worrying to hear that you experienced such problems there.