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Willington school Wimbledon

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Helen231 Thu 03-Oct-13 22:42:04

Hi - just wondering if there were any Willington School parents out there who could advise us. We're thinking about applying for a 2014 place there for our DS & liked much about the school. But... We were a little unconvinced by the (new) headmaster. He didn't really impress - and he only appears to have been at his previous school (Lichfield cathedral school) for 5 terms. Similarly the previous Willington headmaster who seemed well regarded was only there for a short time himself before moving on. Is there a back story or is it just one of those things? Also any views on the school generally would be much appreciated. DS is fairly bright, very into 'boy' things & sociable but lacks confidence at times.... Thanks!

warmmagnolia Fri 04-Oct-13 12:41:02

We liked this school too and met the previous headmaster. There is a lot to like about the school including the specialist subject teachers from an early age. However, we were advised that it was not a particularly academic school by several people. It was a view that was not easy to validate so decided not to take the risk. In particular, we were concerned about the lack of streaming and 'whole class teaching'. Having said that though, there is a new Headmaster and I appreciate your concerns that he does not have much of a 'history,' but I think he has been there a couple of years and a school does change.

If you have concerns you have to go with that 'gut' feeling. I think most 'all boys' schools will cope with the very 'boyish' boy! Private schools are also very good at bringing out the 'underconfident' types. They are likely to give more opportunities for things like Drama and to 'perform' than state schools.

Celia76 Sun 06-Oct-13 20:58:40

Willington is a lovely school! I'm not sure where the 'not very academic' idea comes from - from my experience I would say that clever boys do extremely well (scholarships to Kings College Wimbledon, Eton, St Paul's etc etc), but if your child is not super bright the school will not ask them to leave (unlike other SW19 prep schools), but they will nurture what is there and not make your boy feel like a failure!

Story about Headmasters - Mr Cheatham decided he'd rather be a deputy and moved to North London, new head is v nice, boys love him! He wanted to be in a London, hence his move, no gossip there!

We're very very happy with the school.

Helen231 Sun 06-Oct-13 22:06:30

Thanks Celia - that's very helpful!

TiddlerTiddler Sun 06-Oct-13 23:56:38

Celia - is there going to be any refurbishment? It's been a little while since I looked around it but it seemed a bit "tired" and a bit cramped. Stuff everywhere. I know that appearances are not that important at the end of the day! It was just first impressions.

Celia76 Mon 07-Oct-13 11:36:08

Yes a refurb is coming shortly - plans look good, better use of space, although I don't think a school full of boys will ever look pristine!

bvie Thu 10-Oct-13 22:58:30

I've heard many good things about Willington and would like to know if it is hard to get a place for my DS. Their terms and conditions on their website did not mention any assessment but the payment of deposit on a first come first serve basis. Does it mean that I shall apply as early as I can in order to secure a place? Grateful for any thoughts!

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