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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:41 pm 
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We are choosing between Woodford and Chelmsford. I am leaning more towards Woodford because of travel convenience. However, I heard some terrible feedback from parents, e.g. my neighbour's daughter is doing her GCSE as Woodford and has 4 tutors. Apparently that's the norm at WCHS as the school doesn't manage to cover the syllabus before the exam. The teachers know most kids have external tutors, so they can't be bothered to finish the syllabus. Also, permanent teachers aren't always available. The mum was saying her DD had supply teacher for a core science subject since beginning of term and she is stressed out because GCSE mocks are in Jan. Quite a few parents shared similar reviews for higher year groups. Most parents I know have DD in year 7/8, they are fairly happy but I am worried about GCSE and higher. My DD does NOT like going to tutoring, so I don't know if she will ever cope with 4-5 tutors. She barely coped with 2 hours/week for 11+.

Is there any WCHS parents here who can reassure me please? Are the above true?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:56 pm 
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With such prejudice/attitude towards WCHS it would be better for everyone, especially for you and your daughter if you don't send her to this school.
Looks like you've already made your mind anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:55 pm 
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I have no attitude towards WCHS. I have no kids there's so I can't have a valid view about it. What I shared above is views of parents who have kids there. It is in fact sad to see parents who have kids in the school have such prejudice towards the school. I am just trying to verify what I heard.
I was hoping to hear that it's untrue.

Perhaps you can shed some positive light on this and share the positives of the school. No pressure though.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:18 pm 
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We are in a similar position to you tahm563.

We are struggling to decide between Woodford and Chelmsford. Woodford is just a 20 minutes drive, whereas Chelmsford requires a 20 minute drive to the Bus Stop, then an extra 45 minute coach trip.

We weren’t that impressed with Woodford - the buildings were shabby and it just didn’t have that Wow factor Chelmsford has. I’m still doing as much research as I can on both the schools, and any feedback on either would be gratefully appreciated.

What is the coach like? What is the coach timetable?
What is Woodford teaching like? Clubs? Diversity? Are the tutoring rumours true?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:26 pm 
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Are you any closer to a railway station on the Liverpool Street - Chelmsford line? There are country-bound trains arriving at 08.02 and 08.12, I think (one probably a 'fast' and the other a 'not so fast'), possibly another arriving in time for walking round to the school. Much more flexible than a one-off coach.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:44 pm 
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ToadMum wrote:
Are you any closer to a railway station on the Liverpool Street - Chelmsford line? There are country-bound trains arriving at 08.02 and 08.12, I think (one probably a 'fast' and the other a 'not so fast'), possibly another arriving in time for walking round to the school. Much more flexible than a one-off coach.

Unfortunately not, I live around Barkingside.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:58 pm 
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DD was at Woodford in year 7 last year but left end of year.

Teaching - mainly permanent staff, taught to very high level, achieve excellent results - generally if you don't need heavy tutoring to get in you shouldn't need a tutor, school does warn though heavily tutored children tend to need it throughout but would imagine that's the case with most grammars. DD didn't have a tutor for exam or year 7 - for exam just scrapped in at 107.57 but above average end of year results including top of year in 2 subjects. Only issue DD had was if you didn't understand teachers weren't keen to explain, you were expected to research it yourself after school, it wasn't a huge issue though.

Diversity - around 95% Asian from around Ilford/Barkingside area mainly. DD was white and I think there were 7 white girls in her year and around the same number of black children. Almost no-one goes there from our local area which made it quite isolating for DD. DD did make lots of friends but no after school meetups as nearest children were almost an hour away and they were getting 2 hours homework a night plus she got back at 4.30pm. There are after school clubs and a couple of before school ones. School could be very traditional at times - DD had a day where they did ballroom dancing and they offered knitting lessons but you could opt out of these.

The emphasis was on academics rather than after school - DD was offered a few after school events, these all got cancelled by the school though maybe we were unlucky. Found pastoral care poor, DD was very unhappy there and when told all they did was give her a y12 buddy who also said she hated school and said it gets worse and school just said they had stats on her and academically she was doing very well which I knew but wasn't the issue. She's really happy at her new school. Some of the buildings are brand new, some are run down.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:26 pm 
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Bananas wrote:
DD was at Woodford in year 7 last year but left end of year.

Teaching - mainly permanent staff, taught to very high level, achieve excellent results - generally if you don't need heavy tutoring to get in you shouldn't need a tutor, school does warn though heavily tutored children tend to need it throughout but would imagine that's the case with most grammars. DD didn't have a tutor for exam or year 7 - for exam just scrapped in at 107.57 but above average end of year results including top of year in 2 subjects. Only issue DD had was if you didn't understand teachers weren't keen to explain, you were expected to research it yourself after school, it wasn't a huge issue though.

Diversity - around 95% Asian from around Ilford/Barkingside area mainly. DD was white and I think there were 7 white girls in her year and around the same number of black children. Almost no-one goes there from our local area which made it quite isolating for DD. DD did make lots of friends but no after school meetups as nearest children were almost an hour away and they were getting 2 hours homework a night plus she got back at 4.30pm. There are after school clubs and a couple of before school ones. School could be very traditional at times - DD had a day where they did ballroom dancing and they offered knitting lessons but you could opt out of these.

The emphasis was on academics rather than after school - DD was offered a few after school events, these all got cancelled by the school though maybe we were unlucky. Found pastoral care poor, DD was very unhappy there and when told all they did was give her a y12 buddy who also said she hated school and said it gets worse and school just said they had stats on her and academically she was doing very well which I knew but wasn't the issue. She's really happy at her new school. Some of the buildings are brand new, some are run down.


Thank you this is really helpful. I think we are leaning towards chelmsford.


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