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 Post subject: St Albans HS v Laytmer
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:22 pm 
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Hi All

We have an offer from St Albans and was really looking for advice from other parents who have DDs here on what this school is like please? we live in Barnet and would use the coach service provided by the school.

Our other options are Latymer school (although this is a 30mins drive) and Palmer Green independent school.

My DD is fairly academic, loves drama, so-so at sport, Shy but confident. We just want to ensure she goes to a school where she will fit in and grow in confidence with the opportunity to get involved in a host of activities. We are looking for a friendly environment not too pressurised. We find she does go into a shell if not happy.

Overall - we had a good feel when we visited St Albans and got the impression the girls enjoyed the school. Laytmer we hear is also a good school but came across a bit run down due to funding issues? The lady who took us around (not sure if she was a teacher) was quite down beat about the school and came across as things were going down hill? Area is also a concern for DD travelling by bus?

Financial commitment is a big decisive factor and my preference would be for the Grammar. We have asked to see Laytmer again before we make a final decision but any advice from current parents would be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55 pm 
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I don't know anything about St Albans girls only know the boys school and friends who send their children are very positive about it.

My DS is in y12 at Latymer and very happy. Not sure who took you around but I wonder if they were trying to be downbeat to deter exam tourists. I know the league tables aren't e erything but this year the school was 14th in the country, 6th in London and top co-ed according to the Times. Which I think is pretty good.


The school encourages the development of all round skills not just academic. The pressure is not too strong. They try and settle years 7 to 8 who get limited homework. There are also fewer problems in the local area so your daughter should be safe. Most children leave together and the bus stops are close by. Lots travel in from the Barnet area so she shouldn't be on her own if you get a place in March. Nearly everyone stays on in the sixth form which I think says a lot about the school.

I can't agree that the school is run down but then again we weren't ever looking at independents. THe school has spent a lot of money on the infrastructure and I think looks pretty good. Not sure what bits you saw. However it is a state school with state funding and as such will have limited budgets and cannot be compared to an independent. Parents are requested to support and most do but again no pressure is made to do this.

If on the 1st March you are lucky enough to have the choice good luck. I am not sure if the school allow additional visits. They didn't use to, but this May gave changed.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:11 am 
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Thanks for the insight Copella.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:22 pm 
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Again, only anecdotal but a friend of mine had a daughter at each, her second daughter didn’t pass Latymer. She is thinking of moving her older dd for sixth form. She hasn’t been unhappy but just no where near as nurtured as her younger dd has. Her younger dd really has blossomed and slotted in so beautifully, the pastoral care is superb. I think Latymer requires a degree of resilience and feistyness that not every pupil has developed. It’s a great school but only you can know if your dd would benefit from the fairly intense atmosphere. It’s highly competitive after Year 9 and quite scrappy for postition. This is why I didn’t choose it for my dd, she’s better suited elsewhere. My friend’s dd is there though in Year 8 and thriving but she loves the thrust and drive of the place and is very independent and quite strident.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:03 pm 
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I don’t mean strident in a negative way btw. Just confident and assertive.


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