Boarding school for sixth former(113 Posts)
We're expatriates and looking to place DD at a good boarding school that would allow her to stay over exeat weekends or have no exeat weekends. As DD is rather academic, we"re looking or some place that would be able to nurture her and explore her potential to the fullest while encouraging her to do her best.She is also an all rounder with music and sport so would want to look for someplace that has facilities and opportunities over the weekends to keep her occupied. Since we are away , we would prefer a school which has mostly full boarders so she would not feel that the school is empty during weekends.
The problem is we are looking for her to start in sept, 2013 and it is rather late in the day applying now but news of our continued posting overseas just came in.Originally, she had been with us but we feel that we would want her to get back into the uk education system to get her ready for university. With no pressure from us at all, DD is aiming to enter oxbridge. Have written to many schools, but the reputed top schools have already allocated their places and do not accept anymore.
Great if we can get any feedback here.
It may be a bit late to comment again, but Along151, who started the thread, is going to struggle to get into most well regarded a British schools, simply because she started applying so late. If she is OK with the IB - I believe it doesn't suit all children so well, no matter how bright - then Marymount and TASIS can sometimes squeeze children in at the last minute, and have gained Oxbridge places. Boarding schools with a reasonable reputation that might possibly have last minute places also include Sherborne girls, St Mary's Calne and Roedean.
I believe Sevenoaks also has pretty good Oxbridge entry, but it is IB only in the Sixth form, and has more international emphasis than most boarding schools.
Boarding schools with the best Oxbridge record are Westminster (probably best record overall) Eton, Harrow, Winchester, St. Paul's boys (but very small boarding I've heard) Wycombe Abbey and Cheltenham Ladies College. But people do get in from all kinds of schools and the above schools won't suit everyone.
I am in the same boat, ALong151, only difference is you started this in march, I am starting this in July
Looking for places in boarding schools for highly able academic kids, with Oxbridge potential - previously been at top London schools with top grades
So would be great to comapre notes with all you - on your reserach and decisions - if you ares still active on this forum - please drop a line, and we can engage
thanks a lot, Flashy
I understand the OP's DD has done her IGCSE's (achieving all A*'s) outside of the EU and was looking for somewhere to do her A levels and thought coming to the UK would be a very good experience for. I believe she's found a suitable boarding school.
It sounds like you are in Singapore OP. is DD in Y11 or in Y12 or on a gap year between the two? Is she staying with relatives and at school in the UK or at school in Singapore?
I am a bit confused as you say she has done her GCSEs, but you are talking about a sixth form place- presumably for a two year course, or do you just need a place for Y13? In which case matching up the courses/exam boards will be hard.
Have you factored in the cost of going to Oxbridge if you are living outside the EU?
Im just wondering how you know your DDs gained all A* in her exams when they've not even started yet?
musu I think you'll find the OP says state boarding is out not because she doesn't think it's any good but because she's outside of the EU!
The OP said that 'state boarding is out'. No idea why as there are some excellent state boarding schools. We have Reading Boys near us and it has an excellent reputation (no good for the OP's DD though!).
Have you considered the state boarding schools? Some are excellent particularly hockerill. You can contact the sbsa for info.
You don't pay for the education but do pay for boarding c. £10k/yr
I can't see how you can spend the day at a school as a parent or do you mean your dc spending the day? If you are visiting then most visits are no more than 2-3 hours at most for an open day and 2 hours max for a private tour. If you were organised you could see at least two schools in a day if not more (depending on location).
Do check out Leighton Park in Reading; my DD did brilliantly here, top results and now at a top uni. DS taking IB now. Great pastoral care and lovely ethos being a Quaker school. I love it as it is a balance of good academic, really really good pastoral care, loads of opportunities and extra curricular stuff, and amazing food too.
Think the new Head has got rid of most exeat weekends!
I think they still have some 6th form places still this year (I was talking to DS's housemaster...).
I 100% agree with Happy. You really need some urgent help with this. You state you want one day for each school. Most schools will not spend a whole day on a potential parent. A few hours maximum.
Could I suggest that you cut down the number of schools you are looking at and really really think about employing a consultant to help you.
Rochester Independent College rather helpfully clearly publish their results and individual university destinations clearly on their website. It's always useful when school do this as you can get a feel for where really children go rather than where people think lots of children go. They also state where they've come from again useful if you interested in how many international children go to the school which us important if you're considering full boarding and are worried that your DC will be alone all weekend.
One that hasn't been mentioned yet as far as I know is Rochester Independent College (http://www.rochester-college.org/index_flash.htm . Known as "Kent's greatest educational secret" and "a university for children", the college has excellent results; a long history of getting students into Oxbridge; offers boarding in the sixth form only; has a wide range of both international and UK students; a very active and lively social scene; friendly, "home from home" atmosphere; excellent student: staff relationships and student: staff ratio (max class size of 8). Plus they are often able to find a space for students at the last minute.
Have you thought about the Scottish school system? Sixth formers can do Highers or Advanced Highers in schools that follow the Scottish system, or even A levels at Independent schools that follow an English curriculum. Lomond School in Helensburgh takes in quite a number of overseas pupils in S5 and S6 who would be in a similar situation to your daughter. It has a modern co-ed boarding house with en-suite shared bedrooms and as it is in a small town the pupils have more freedom than in many traditional boarding schools. There are no exeats and as it is also a day school boarding pupils often stay with day pupils during the half term holidays etc. Worth checking out!
I just saw that you don't want an educational specialist, and I'm sure there's a very good reason, but a UK one can probably give you a list of schools with spaces for a reasonable fee without you having to disclose information about your daughter or working with them to choose a school. Just pay and get the list. This is quite a late reply, so I hope everything has worked out now.
I haven't read this full thread, so sorry if it's been suggested, but have you tried St. Mary's Calne?
Our friends recently sent their eldest daughter there (for 6th form) and it's a lovely school. I think they are often successfully with Oxbridge acceptances. Their website does not state that they have closed 2013 applications so you may be in luck. Although they are traditionally the type of school that would have a waitlist several years in advance, it seems that is these economic times they have less prospective pupils, but don't let that spook you- they are financially and academically sound. Our friends' daughter is an overseas boarder but her father is British. There are definitely a lot of girls in the same boat so weekends are full. About 100 girls in the sixth form, to the best of my knowledge.
Other schools that (might) be able to accommodate: Stonar School, St. George's School and St. Leonards Mayfield. I don't have any experience at all with any of these schools so I can't give advice on them.
Hope all goes well for you with this search.
iclaudius-State boarding is out.From the looks of it, we will probably spend at least a day at one school. Have to schedule leave from work for at least a fortnight to do this, I reckon.Thanks.
Any other feedback for Casterton and Sedbergh would be most welcomed.
Is sedbergh good enough academically for an Oxbridge type I'm not sure
Half a day to look round a school and boarding is REALLY pushing it. Getting a 'feel' of a place plus having a chat and looking at facilities is a good few hours and we found it exhausting
If I were you I'd be parting with a few deposits and asking to go on as many reserve lists as possible at this late stage
Sorry I missed whether or not you were discounting state boarding?
Thank you, Roisin. I read about it but there seems to be some controversy over the merger with the parents. Is there any cause for concern as a prospective student in respect of this?
Sedbergh school has great academic reputation and an emphasis on boarding. (Sat am school for all, and after school activities for all including day scholars as standard). They've just done a merge with Casterton: the primary and prep students wll all be on the Casterton site and all the Casterton girls are moving to Sedbergh.
So there will be lots of new students around, and also a more flexible approach to numbers/admissions may be around this year that you might not normally find at this stage for a school with a great academic reputation.
Have a look at Marymount International School if you are interested in IB. They get good results, and as they are an international school, keep places back for people in your situation.
If you did employ an educational specialist you would employ one based in the UK.
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