Radnor House School

(44 Posts)
castlesintheair Tue 03-May-11 14:07:30

Has anyone been to have a look around or has a DC starting in September? I am going later this month and wondered what people think.

Madstar2 Wed 23-Mar-16 21:24:29

Radnor House. Can anyone give some new feedback on this school please? We've been for a visit - son going into year 9. Facilities are a bit small, but would like any feedback re general academic life and general happiness of children. What's the culture of the school? Thanks.

Fluffywithteeth Fri 18-Mar-16 11:36:43

Hi any recent views? I'm thinking of moving our DD to join Y3 after the Easter hols as I feel she's getting a bit 'lost in the middle' as a reasonably bright but young (July baby) in her class?


Abracadabra10 Sun 07-Feb-16 20:57:04

Thanks again. Yes I definitely got the impression they are in a drive to raise results which is fair enough, I guess, but there are so many results-driven schools in SW London as it is! I'm sure they'll get there, as you say, but wonder about the impact of the transition to two form entry into Year 7. Would you say communication and pastoral care is good there? Sorry if this is a bit like 20 questions!

2014examfever Sun 07-Feb-16 20:22:30

I'm afraid I don't know St Catherines at all. Yes, it was supposed to be triple science and compulsory foreign languages for everyone, IGCSE maths and IGCSE languages. However some kids did GCSE maths, and double science when it was felt they couldn't cope, but everyone did IGCSE language and the ones who couldnt cope were asked to drop the language. Some were asked to drop geog at the last minute also. The school is trying to set itself up to be an academic school, and just offers academic subjects, so the less able kids end up with less GCSEs. I guess they will sort themselves out eventually, but there have been casualties in the process.

Abracadabra10 Sun 07-Feb-16 19:38:58

Thanks for replying 2014. Dd has been offered a place there for Sept, so also trying to weigh things up. Would you say St Catherine's is a safer bet for girls? Also, on the tour, I'm sure David Paton said that taking triple science is compulsory for all pupils. Maybe this is a new initiative?

2014examfever Sun 07-Feb-16 13:20:55

It was June 2015, know know if they did the same the previous year as and that was their first year of GCSEs. They did not publish their AS results this year. Bear in mind that it was basically buy a blazer and you're in for the the first few years. They are becoming more selective now at 11+. Staff turnover doesn't help. There were 3 very strong candidates last year who pushed up the A* numbers.

Abracadabra10 Sat 06-Feb-16 20:46:05

Was it last summer that pupils were asked to drop GCSEs or a while back? How many pupils were affected? Sounds very odd indeed!

Abracadabra10 Sat 06-Feb-16 07:35:57

I'm surprised at Radnor's GCSE results tbh - 36 per cent A star /A seems very low and a significant number getting D grades? Is it because it's still a comparatively new school? I loved the atmosphere there and, as others have mentioned, the apparent focus on the individual, but is it style over substance? Any views welcome please?

St Cats results much stronger - percentage of A star/A grades around 54 per cent. In Art they have had all As and above for about 6 years by the look of things which sounds fantastic! The head is very clear about the value added there which she says is one of the highest in the country for indie schools. May not have the "buzz" of Radnor, but a lovely, calm atmosphere in there I thought. Only a third of families actually Catholic.

Rostrevor Thu 04-Feb-16 17:02:46

Any views on Radnor House School for girls as opposed to St Catherines?

2014examfever Tue 02-Feb-16 12:28:23

My first hand experience of the school for GCSE exams was that a number of children were asked to drop subjects at the eleventh hour (the day before in our case - we refused after all the effort which went into revising - DC felt that she should give it a go and got a 'B' on results day) by the head of curriculum which upset children, parents and the subject teachers who were not made aware that children had been asked to drop their subject. Some children sat just 4 GCSEs and some 6 subjects. 'Celebrating Every Individual' is their mooto - but it would appear that leagues tables are more important. A broader range of subjects with a mix of academic and less academic might have been a better way to go.

Gobbledegook100 Mon 01-Feb-16 20:23:21

Likewise: anyone with up to date experience of the senior school (year 9 upwards)?

Just bumping this as David Paton moving to the new school that's been taken over as part of the group. He is going to be head at Combe Bank school, taking over from the head who has only been there for a year.

flip2010 Tue 24-Nov-15 18:46:31

Hi i did not know there was a high staff turnover at Radnor - is there a reason for this ? I am thinking of putting my children there and would love to know more about the school. Thanks

serendipity200 Sat 30-May-15 10:59:44

High Staff turnover impacting continuity and consistency of teaching exam courses was a big problem for us. As someone on another thread said the quality of the replacement staff has not been as good as some of the original staff. That being said DD loved her time there.

Hoppyone1 Fri 29-May-15 18:17:19

A sad disappointment for us. Inexperienced staff and very poor pastoral care.

Florelle Thu 24-Jul-14 11:56:19

Hi, I am thinking of sending my daugher to Radnor House September 2015 (year 3) and would love to hear from any experiences or parents of children in the junior years. Many thanks

Positiveperson90 Tue 07-Jan-14 17:45:37

Just seen this and to reassure you, there are equal numbers of boys and girls in the junior school. I am not sure about the seniors but going forward, numbers are even and it is a top priority of the school to balance these out. I have 2 children there, a boy and a girl, both absolutely love this school and especially the inspirational teachers. I hope that helps.

muminlondon Mon 09-Sep-13 11:45:30

Last academic year it was fairly evenly balanced for all ages 7-10. You can see exact numbers in the school census zip file SFR21/2013, the file that counts pupils by age rather than national curriculum year.


Elibean Mon 09-Sep-13 10:30:16

Thanks smile

I've had a pm from someone with a dd there, I think there are more girls lower down in the school...increasing numbers.

muminlondon Fri 06-Sep-13 23:47:52

... 29 girls and 116 boys in 2012 (between 7 and 13).

muminlondon Fri 06-Sep-13 23:32:50

Edubase is still out of date/incomplete. They had 29 girls and 116 boys (looks like 20 10-year-old boys but no girls at all that age). 2013 school census had 180 boys and 65 girls.

Elibean Thu 05-Sep-13 11:35:09

Resuscitating this thread to ask for any more feedback...

I am going to look round with my Y5 dd in a few weeks' time. I didn't realize it was boy heavy? Is it still? I suppose I'll find out soon...

Basically, my dd is at a state primary and will only have a little tutoring for 11+, in order to keep indie options open. Does anyone know how oversubscribed Radnor House has become? She's a bright girl, but not wildly academic (predicted mostly 5s and possibly a 6 for SATS, though I think its too soon to tell hmm) in terms of motivation. Arts though, she loves.

We're looking at state and indie options, at this point, and any feedback on SW London secondaries is welcome please smile

SonorousBip Thu 13-Jun-13 13:45:53

My dcs are at a local'ish prep and our head has a very high opinion of the school and what they are looking to do. It was certainly on the radar of suggestions she was making this year and I think in a short period of time it has been very successful. When we were having a "dark night of the soul" in the Year's 11+ process (rejections from 2 out of 3...) I was a bit gobsmacked to find that RH was over-subscribed. (The night got a bit darker, LOL).

KarenIsabella Wed 12-Jun-13 15:16:17

I was impressed by the staff initially, I am going to go and see it for myself.

BlackCrowe Wed 23-May-12 09:24:04

Brand new Ofsted report out....impressive.

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