Anyone here with experience of this school? I know it has no senior school so would be interested to know the general senior school destinations - I assume a lot go to RGS for Year 7. What about other private schools in the area, in particular Central (or Newcastle High School for Girls) and Dame Allan's - is there a fair number that go there?
Any other information such as pastoral care would be appreciated.
Have two daughters currently at the school and been there since reception. We wanted a mixed school for them.
We love it. I think most classes have more boys than girls (largely I think because there is more of a choice for girls private education) but can't say that this has been in any way shape or form a problem. My older daughter's class is so close knit that they all still play together, no division yet into boys vs girls!
School has a lovely atmosphere and will push along those children who will benefit esp with further maths from yr 3 onwards.
Majority of children go to their first choice secondary school - I think usu over half go to RGS, but there is a fair spread out to other private schools eg Dame Allan's, Central, even Durham, plus a few go into state sector. Head teacher is lovely - very approachable and visible and clearly leads school well.
Pastoral care appears excellent - all kids encouraged to have manners, from yr 4 they become buddies to a younger class and go to do reading with them plus have a "buddy trip" once a year. My DDs have loved it since the moment they arrived - they are thriving in every way there.
I would truly recommend you look round - it may vary from year to year but they are often heavily subscribed for their places for reception, especially if you don't want to use the nursery.
In DD1s class there were 6 girls and 13 boys, in DD2s class there are 5 girls and (IIRC) 12 boys. There are two classes per year. Talking to friends with girls in same years at central they are already starting to see the cliqueyness that girls do far more than boys - we don't have any of that. DD1 plays as much with the boys as the girls.
In DD1s year about 6 left from her year to go to RGS but they also had new kids come in and they still have two fabulous classes. DD2 isn't at that stage yet, no idea how many will try for RGS. We won't as NPS is just lovely - RGS seems so huge in comparison and will be fine for senior school.
Outdoor space - nursery and reception have their own playground on the main school site which is lovely. Y1-6 go across the road to the sports hall/field/playground but breaks are staggered so the playground never seems crowded.
Can you tell we love the school (and I am paying them for me to say this, not the other way round!)?