Boarding School required for mid year move year 9 -

(38 Posts)
GurtrudesBosom Thu 31-Jan-13 11:40:42

Have decided to move DD after a nightmare 1st term at her senior school(last term). Lots of issues including bullying by exclusion and her total loss of self confidence due to these issues. There is lots of other stuff too, but irrelevant to this thread.

She previously boarded - with no issues extremely content,successful and happy for several years at her prep school. Its just all gone horribly wrong since she started at her new school. We have reached the point where moving her seems the better option.

I would love some recommendations of some schools. Our criteria:

Must be boarding with *LOTS of boarders, especially at weekends.

*Must have excellent Pastoral care and generally caring attitude and committed staff to this cause.

*Fairly academic

*Would prefer Co-Ed (but will consider a caring non bitchy all girls)

* Not too expensive - we are stretching ourselves financially on top of and despite employers allowance towards fees.

*Ideally within 2 hours of Bristol (will consider further afield for the right school though).

I would love to hear of any experiences of moving DC due to similar circumstances and personal experience of caring schools.

Many thanks in advance.

derekthehamster Sat 02-Feb-13 15:26:04

The only problem that you might have, is that again, they might have allocated the burseries at the beginning of yr 9. It's £27,000 a year full boarding shock.

Still a phone call would confirm this.

Mutteroo Sat 02-Feb-13 23:50:52

It's always worth asking about bursaries even if you've passed the cut off date. Feel for you OP as we moved our DD half way through yr 9 but this was from state to private. Felt like we had jumped from the frying pan into the fryer at times, however we still felt it was the right thing to do for DD and six years on, she agrees!

Lostonthemoors Sun 03-Feb-13 00:02:48

Just wanted to tell you about a family friend in case it helps - was very confident at prep school and then moved to a senior school which didn't work out for him at all. He then moved schools mid year into a more gentle school and really blossomed. He has been hugely successful - first class degree from a RG uni, great job in the City and at 30 is still friends with lots of people from the second school.

mousehole Mon 04-Feb-13 12:33:30

I have a boarder at Dauntsyes (ds) so I can speak with full knowledge and honesty that this is a fabulous school and the girls in year 9 are lovely - there's tons going on and very very caring staff.

I have a friend with a DD at Kingswood, and am happy to ask her any questions you might have - PM me if that would be useful.

mousehole Mon 04-Feb-13 12:48:06

dauntseys over kingswood any day wink

happygardening Mon 04-Feb-13 12:59:55

According to the last ISI report Dauntsey has 766 children and 289 "full" boarders and 0 weekly but i happen to know that full boarders can come home on Saturday.

happygardening Mon 04-Feb-13 13:12:19

Dauntsey I know does have a very good reputation locally and at just over £27 000 is cheaper than many but according to its website very very few bursaries and those who get them are scholarship level its probably too late to apply for your DD's year group and I also suspect no financial discount for the OP's occupation.
OP *goinggetstough" is I know exceedingly knowledgable about this and very friendly if you PM her. .

mousehole Mon 04-Feb-13 14:55:31

The baording at Dauntsey's is very very good - my ds chooses to stay in most weekends. Alhtough weekends only really start after matches on Saturdays as there is Sat morning school. I would avoid any school which offers weekly boarding as this will mean that most do come out at weekend and the school won't be fully committed to the weekend activities.

poppyloveshorses Tue 16-Jul-13 22:06:40

I would suggest Westonbirt, I moved half way through year nine from Stonar because I wasn't happy and I wanted to find friends and be settled before I started my GCSE's. it really helped and I made friends really quickly because its so friendly, so definitely go and see it.

ChocolatesAreTheOnlyFruit Tue 16-Jul-13 23:22:44

Clifton College?

schoolnurse Thu 18-Jul-13 12:36:19

poppy reawakening very old threads (you done this with at least two others) to push a particular school makes many on here suspicious that it's the school trying to drum up business. Queen Ethelburghers likes doing this.
As I've already stated the gossip locally is that the school is struggling financially and that it's numbers are down this sort of thing adds more more fuel to that fire.

1BigMumma Fri 30-Aug-13 09:19:44

Hi
Did you ever sort this out? I only just looked at Mumsnet and saw this message which I had to respond to! If you are still looking you MUST take a look at Moreton hall in Shropshire. It is the loveliest place and the academic achievements seem to be amongst the best in the country. My daughter is so so happy there and it is FULL boarding, with good quality stuff on every evening and weekend and I think most of the girls stay most of the time.
Good luck!
1BigMumma

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