Hi, Hopefully someone living in Bucks can throw some light on this problem for us.
We are going to move into Bucks next year from Beckenham, South London. The reason being there aren't any decent secondary schools around here and DS1 is going to be starting YR6 in September 2013. We're moving to Bucks to try for the 11+. He is currently at an independent and is doing well.
We also have a 4 year old (DS2), who has just started Reception in the same school. He will be moving into Year 1 in a new school in Bucks.
We went to William Borlase's Open Day in September and really liked it. We also hear good things about John Hampden, but haven't been to see it. It is likely that we will buy/rent in Marlow with an aim to getting into one of these schools.
Now the problem is finding an independent school for DS1 for Year 6 and for DS1, for year 1 onwards.
The only school I have visited is St Piran's, and I was amazed at their facilities (much more than they have here in London), but it was perhaps too big - maybe? Also, I know it's a Christian school, but could someone let me know how religious it really is.
Their current school has 126 pupils in total and all the children know each other in all years. I've looked at Herries, but not visited yet. I've read reviews and on paper it doesn't look great - but there seems to be some good parental feedback.
So - where else can they go that is commutable from Marlow?
I'm really sorry it's so long winded but hope you can advise if you know the area well.
Ridgeway doesn't prep for 11+ but does do CATs in yr 5 which will give you an idea if it is worth doing the 11+. Definite push towards Claire's Court; 80% went there last year. No advice offered at all for other senior school choices. I attended an evening timetabled as a senior school info evening and all it consisted of was a PowerPoint presentation about CC. I asked about other senior school choices and drew a blank.
Lovely school though. Great outdoor space and let's boys be boys. Very sporty too. Depends what you want. If you want your ds to go to grammar then you do what all the parents do and book a tutor. I think St Piran's does prep for 11+ now it no longer goes to 13.
Just be careful about residency requirements. Challoners was mentioned upthread and for 2014 admissions you would need to have moved by April 2013, not sure about the rules for the schools you have mentioned.