Habs school for Girls

(399 Posts)
youlookalotlikeme Thu 08-Nov-12 08:46:24

Hi,

Does anyone have a view on this school - positive or negative?

Considering for my DD (yes, yes, PFB before anyone asks). Have tried asking in Education, but not getting any replies.

TIA

mutny Thu 08-Nov-12 11:48:20

I don't get it. I have never heard of this before.

Is it like a private school?

<feeling dim emoticon>

exoticfruits Thu 08-Nov-12 11:50:18

Yes here

lighthousekeeping Thu 08-Nov-12 11:50:40

Its an academic private school that costs a fortune. Very competitive.

Tweasels Thu 08-Nov-12 11:50:45

I've literally heard it all now. Please explain how your 3 year old is ambitious. Is it not that you have ambitions for her?

sue52 Thu 08-Nov-12 11:50:55

How can a 3 year old demonstrate ambition? At 3 my DDs showed real flair at colouring in and using scissors but I didn't notice anything in them to call ambitious.

Puppypanic Thu 08-Nov-12 11:52:11

Indeed exotic, I'll not be in any rush to get better if they carry on like this grin!

exoticfruits Thu 08-Nov-12 11:52:30

I expect OP has the child's life mapped out - hopefully they will agree!

MordionAgenos Thu 08-Nov-12 11:53:28

valium I have several colleagues who have daughters there and they all call it Habs. Perhaps they are just being contrary for the sake of it?

NellyJob Thu 08-Nov-12 11:54:29

everyone has always called it 'Habs' fwiw - what's the big deal?

mutny Thu 08-Nov-12 11:55:34

I am still confused.

Its a private school. I assume op can afford it. She 'believes' her dd will get in.

What is the OP asking opinions on it for?

Turniphead1 Thu 08-Nov-12 11:56:10

There are however loads of old posts about Habs Girls. Never ever heard it called Askes. Try searching those.

You will always get Xenia eventually as one of her daughters went there - quite some time ago.

I know people whose daughters are there - quite academically stringent. Girls, who in any other (good) school would be deemed as being very good at Maths, told they are struggling. A fair bit of tutoring goes on to keep girls up to par even in the juniors. Same really goes on at NLCS - although I'd prefer latter.

Odd to be confident your DD will get in though. Are you applying to other schools? These schools take so few girls - that even if yours appears bright, good vocabulary etc - there are no guarantees.

This REALLY should be moved to Education though. They won't tolerate this type of maverick rule-breaking at Habs you know. wink

lighthousekeeping Thu 08-Nov-12 11:59:13

My friend said the interview for NLCS was very informal they just watch how the little girl played and socialised. Shes been over the moon with the school.

KellyElly Thu 08-Nov-12 11:59:26

Very ambitious, very academic at 3!? Shit my DD (3) is just worried about Peppa Pig and mucking about with her little mates confused

Turniphead1 Thu 08-Nov-12 12:00:52

I now have a mental vision of this 3 year old doing an Apprentice style video showing her "ambition" using nauseating cliches à la the BBC Show

callofthewild Thu 08-Nov-12 12:01:53

I went to Habs (it has never been refered to as Aske's!!!) from 5. I can't recall much of the selection process other than there being a 'play session' where they observed you. You then were interviewed on your own but I can't shed any light on this as I refused at the time to tell my Mum what they spoke to me about! Girls who were not up to par were weeded out at 11 when it was suggested to their parents that they "looked at other schools for their daughter". Additionally other girls were at various stages held down for a year if they were thought to be struggling.

It is a high pressured environment but one in which in my experience the majority of girls flourished.

I would certainly not be at 3 years old be confident of getting my child in. There is fierce competition for places and this sounds like a route to disappointment for you...

youlookalotlikeme Thu 08-Nov-12 12:07:41

Ahh... Yes, I did post in AIBU.

SImply interested in the views of people who have ever been to Habs (And, yes, it's all I've ever referred to it as) .

DD is my first child, so I suppose I feel a little scared about sending her to school. She doesn't have a firm offer yet but , but she does already hold two firm offers from other selective (but perhaps not quite so) preps.

She ia just that child. The one that speaks - quite fluently -2 languages, plays an instrument, rides a horse. And before you all jump on me, she doesn't get it from me grin

Just looking to make the correct choice for her.

babybarrister Thu 08-Nov-12 12:08:01

as an old HAG myself [Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls - I never forget the fkg apostrophes which were a lesson in themselves!! grin] , it has always been know as HABS - I should know I served a life sentence there from 7 to 18!!

It is v academic and they chuck people out en route - if you "only" got in to a red brick university you may still feel a failure 20 years on - all depends on your child. Not sure it is a place for the shy though .....

FWIW I loved it but many of my friends did not - not convinced NLGS would be much different in ethos to be honest - all of these girls' hothouses much of a muchness I suspect. As for fees, it is NOT very expensive when compared to other private schools and therefore attracts its intake is much more middle middle class and ethnically mixed then many other private schools ...

valiumredhead Thu 08-Nov-12 12:08:42

No big deal - except it was referred to as Askes where I lived smile

valiumredhead Thu 08-Nov-12 12:09:31

Playing an instrument is meant to be a big advantage.

babybarrister Thu 08-Nov-12 12:10:15

sorry last sentence garbled - English Language never my strong point!

valiumredhead Thu 08-Nov-12 12:12:02

HAG grin

NellyJob Thu 08-Nov-12 12:13:00

well it's the first time i ever heard it referred to as 'Askes' - ever - and I am from Elstree and attended another similar nearby school mentioned in this thread...

youlookalotlikeme Thu 08-Nov-12 12:15:59

Nelly - Did you go tto Edge Grove? Can I ask you what you thought of it? I didn't like it, and have heard some rather damning reports of it too...

Valium - it's wrong that I'm a little less take with Habs because my DD would be a HAG... it is true though.

This school business is tough work!

youlookalotlikeme Thu 08-Nov-12 12:16:32

taken... Goodness me!!

NellyJob Thu 08-Nov-12 12:17:09

no youlookalotlikeme i went to NLCS but in the distant past....

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