Opinions about Edge Grove school vs Hendon Prep

(14 Posts)
NikiH1 Thu 24-Oct-13 19:13:43

We have offers from Edge Grove school and Hendon Prep and trying to decide between them, would be great to get opinions on these schools

slickrick Fri 25-Oct-13 15:21:56

Not Edge Grove!!!

Yorkshireinlondon Fri 25-Oct-13 16:24:28

My DS Spent 6 mainly happy years at Hendon Prep leaving last Summer. the year 8 boys all did fantastically well gaining entrance and scholarships to a list of North/ North West London schools that any Prep would be proud of as well as very good CE results. That Year Group has remained very close and continue to meet up regularly sharing experiences about their new schools happily. Hendon doesn't have the best facilities for sport and my DS did miss out on the team experience that he might have gained from being elsewhere but in all he was happy there and it provided an excellent all round education for him.

Mummyoftheyear Sat 26-Oct-13 09:24:05

Slickrick - why not Edge Grove? Just curious.
EG is wonderful in terms of setting, sports, facilities.
I'd look elsewhere if your hope is for a particularly academic school.

QueenOfToast Wed 30-Oct-13 11:24:03

I don't know anything about Hendon Prep, but Edge Grove is lovely.

To me, it has a friendly, family feel. Lots of sport and extra-curricular activities but (under the new head) an increasing focus on academics too. Pastoral support is good, independence is encouraged, and the children are happy, enthusiastic and polite.

I have to say that the sport is brilliant at Edge Grove, and not just in the traditional sports. Some of the gifted children have reached a really high standard (ie UK rankings) but everyone has opportunities to represent their school in sport, not just the A team.

It's not only about the sport at Edge Grove but it does feel like quite an "outdoorsy" type of school iykwim. If you have an energetic child who doesn't mind getting a bit mucky (whether that's on the football pitch or poking around for spiders in a corner) then it would be perfect.

Not sure whether Slickrick's comments relate to a couple of years ago when there was a terrible headmaster at Edge Grove but the new guy seems great.

Good luck with your decision

tallandfast Thu 31-Oct-13 19:53:56

Edge Grove is a great school, I have two happy children there. The new Head has had a big impact and in his second year you can really see the positive impact he has had. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

newbiemum80 Wed 20-Nov-13 18:55:43

Hi tallandfast, I am thinking about Edge Grove for my DD for year 3 entry in 2014. Is it a good school for girls? I've read on another thread that there were some bad comments about the school. Do you know what these were please? What is it like academically? Its website says it has children that have gone on to Harrow, Habs, St Albans and NLCS. Do they teach children for 11+? Thank you!

Busyworkingmumof2 Tue 03-Dec-13 21:29:13

Hi all. Yes preparation for 11plus and 13 plus catered for. Seems to be academic day schools as well as boarding options. Lots on for girls. Netball tour abroad, loads of drama, new home ec and textiles as well as push on academics. Would def recommend as I have one of each there.

UKsounding Wed 04-Dec-13 17:57:32

Busy Sounds very C19 to me... "Lots on for girls. Netball tour abroad, loads of drama, new home ec and textiles as well as push on academics."

hmm Anything for 21st century girls like math, science, Lego robotics?

Busyworkingmumof2 Fri 06-Dec-13 06:41:00

Yes all of those as well. They can take their pick. Mandarin, science club, gadgeteering, lego robotics, debating, street dance, taekwondo, chess, music tech, gardening club - loads going on for everyone. By the way the way my DS is particularly fond of the home Ec and textiles design where at the moment he's designing his own ipad cover. They seem to be embracing opportunities for all. It's amazing they can fit it in really.

frogspoon Sun 08-Dec-13 18:48:59

I teach in a local independent secondary that accepts many children from both these schools.

From my experience the Hendon prep children are far more able academically, whereas many the Edge Grove children seem to really struggle.

I'm not sure if this is because the teaching at Hendon Prep is better than Edge Grove, or because Hendon Prep is academically more selective, but if your child has got into Hendon Prep, I would choose Hendon Prep.

MinaRon Sun 06-Apr-14 04:32:48

Hi, I am also looking at hendon prep. Did you pick Hendon prep? I have also looked at Aldenham School and Mill Hill school.

So hard to decide which one to go for.

besos123 Sun 01-Jun-14 16:13:38

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besos123 Sun 01-Jun-14 16:17:29

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