Secondary school options for a less confident girl

(17 Posts)
Montagueterrace Mon 21-Jul-14 12:07:04


I'm starting to think about secondary school options for my daughter. She is in the upper middle range of her class so not super bright but definitely very able (her end of year 4 tests results ranged from 3A to 4A). She is gaining confidence slowly, which is great, but shies away from competition. I'd really like to find a nurturing school who could help her gain confidence and reach her potential. I'm afraid that the grammar schools may be too competitive in atmosphere for her, as would the popular local choices of Alleyn's and JAGS (although I'd love to be told otherwise). I'd be so grateful to hear any advice/experiences/suggestions of (state/grammar/private) schools you're thinking of or that you're child attends. We live in SW11.

Many thanks in advance.

AuntieStella Mon 21-Jul-14 12:12:05

Longish journey, but depending on where you are in SW11, all on one bus making it easy: Portland Place School

soddinghormones Mon 21-Jul-14 20:35:54

Streatham and Clapham High - lots of girls from sw11, not pushy but getting decent results, lots of 'added value'

Montagueterrace Tue 22-Jul-14 15:08:26

I think Portland Place might too far from where we live but thanks for the suggestion – it looks like a lovely school. I'm hearing great things about Streatham and Clapham, good to hear another positive report.

Keep the suggestions coming...

ladydepp Tue 22-Jul-14 22:39:19

Emanuel the obvious choice if you prefer co-ed, less academic than Alleyns or JAGS. Lots of children from SW11 there.

Needmoresleep Wed 23-Jul-14 09:23:52

If you live anywhere near a mainline station it may be worth a crack at Wimbledon High. Though selective they will have had girls since the age of reception so the ability range will be wide. Nice school.

almapudden Wed 23-Jul-14 09:33:59

I wouldn't touch Portland Place with a barge pole. Streatham & Clapham, Emmanuel and Ibstock Place are all worth considering, though.

Needmoresleep Wed 23-Jul-14 10:22:32

Worth putting post codes into TfLs journey planner. Journeys from different parts of SE11 can vary considerably. If you are close to the river or near Clapham Junction (and the line to Olympia) schools in Westminster, C&K or H&F are accessible. Francis Holland, More House, Queensgate, St James' etc. Again near rail lines and you can get to Wimbledon, Putney, Ibstock, even Kingston Grammar (if your daughter is sporty) or Surbiton (which is large and so often used as a fall back). Another fall-back is the Hall School in Wimbledon which has a reputation for nurturing but seems to be a love it or loathe it school.

We were in a similar position and were quite surprised at which schools were more accessible. If we had lived 10 minutes walk away the choice would have been quite different. Girls change a lot academically, and I would really recommend a school which has a reasonably wide intake, eg where she would expect start in one of the middle two quartiles.

Montagueterrace Fri 25-Jul-14 10:34:08

Thanks ladies, we're about a 15 min walk from Clapham Junction (btw the commons). Does anybody know anything about Wallington County Grammar?

GoodArvo Fri 25-Jul-14 13:51:48

Wallington County Grammar is a Boys' school. The girls' school is Wallington High school for Girls.

Very competitive to get in and there is a catchment area, which SW11 isn't in.

GoodArvo Fri 25-Jul-14 13:52:19

Wallington County Grammar is a Boys' school. The girls' school is Wallington High school for Girls.

Very competitive to get in and there is a catchment area, which SW11 isn't in.

Montagueterrace Sat 26-Jul-14 07:56:36

Oh, well that's one less to think about...

Montagueterrace Sat 26-Jul-14 17:12:45

Just to update re Wallington High School, I checked their admissions criteria and 100 places are available for the highest score on their second stage test. Not realistic for my daughter perhaps but for anyone else out there the catchment area info from GoodAvro only apples to 110 of the places, the other 100 are up for grabs from any high scorer, regardless of address. Hope that is of help.

CSLewis Wed 30-Jul-14 21:34:58

The Laurels, in Clapham Park. Only opened last year, so only about 30 girls across 2 year groups so far! Private, non-selective, very hot on the pastoral side, nurturing individual character and holistic potential rather than chasing grades.

My daughter went the year it opened; she's also a quiet shy sensitive type, and has thrived under the genuine care of her teachers.

Do look it up!

MumTryingHerBest Wed 30-Jul-14 21:49:20

Montagueterrace are you underestimating your DCs ability do you think? 4a by national standards is very high for end of year 4. My DS got that for all subjects (the school does not test above that level in year 4) and he is near the top of the class rather than the middle.

Montagueterrace Tue 05-Aug-14 12:05:19

No MumTryingHerBest, I'm being realistic. She wasn't 4a across the board like your DC – her results varied between 3A and 4A. Besides it's more improving her confidence in herself that I'm focussing on.

Schoolsearchconsultant Sat 09-Aug-14 20:28:15

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