northbridge house nursery - new head

(13 Posts)
sheepcat Mon 18-Nov-13 13:49:50

hello, considering sending DS1 to Northbridge House nursery after positive feedback from parents. however I have heard that pastoral care throughout the rest of the school and the teaching isn't quite what it was, and that the school overall is getting too big. any thoughts on this and the new head?

JazzyHunt Tue 04-Feb-14 21:05:10

Met the new Head today - not quite sure what to make of the change and if it's just me but things seem to be slipping. I don't get the same feeling that things are alright with North Bridge House Junior and the leadership change. Re-assured some experienced staff remain but the stable and caring atmosphere seems to have gone. Starting to have doubts - please reassure me I'm not getting it and it is all fine.

Americanhoney Thu 06-Feb-14 19:02:23

We are thinking of whether to send DD2 there so it would also be good to hear any thoughts on the nursery and school from other parents. JazzyHunt, what in particular concerned you? I really liked the nursery/junior school and in particular it's relaxed atmosphere when we visited.

JazzyHunt Sun 09-Feb-14 15:08:33

Hi Americanhoney - my worry is that the school is losing it pastoral ethos and becoming more of a Cognita business asset. I sensed the focus has shifted from NBH Junior and Nursery caring for my DC , looking to fulfill potential giving adequate time and consideration, to it becoming a franchise. My DC loves the staff and the friendly atmosphere in the class, but I am concerned that the owners are pulling in one direction, profit, whilst the special 'something' of its independent charm is waning. I know the new head came in from another Cognita school and it is early days, but I thought there was little wrong previously and I now get less of a warm feeling.

Steppenwolf Mon 10-Feb-14 22:59:38

Northbridge House has dreadful pastoral care. My daughter had to leave because of persistent bullying.

sheepcat Sat 15-Feb-14 10:03:18

Hi Steppenwolf. That's awful. Which part of the school was she in and when did it happen?

NW3mama Mon 24-Feb-14 15:17:36

Such a shame Steppenwolf sad My son is 3 and a bit and we were really keen on North Bridge House for nursery and i just didn't get a great feeling about the place. We then went to Keren's in Belsize Park for a short while and it was dreadful - there were new teachers coming and going every other week. I started talking to another mummy in the Primrose Hill playground one day and she recommended St. Mark's nursery in St. Mark's Square (right by Primrose Hill). It wasn't easy getting a place but we got in and it has been an incredible experience for us. My little one has been there a year now and bounds in to nursery every day. Super warm and has a very loving atmosphere. The Headmistress is very well known among the 'big' schools in North London too and seems to get kids into their first choice for prep schools. We're in the middle of the admissions process now.

sheepcat Tue 25-Feb-14 20:11:47

Hello - would love to hear from mums who have recently started at NBH playgroup or nursery. I have friends whose children are or have been at NBH from playgroup onwards and were very happy. Does anyone share the more negative views??

Daisycat0208 Thu 20-Mar-14 13:06:51

I have no experience with the nursery but feel the junior school is inadequate. From relatives experience a teacher invited herself on holiday with them! They additionally failed to report or offer extra support to a child whom was academically behind his chronically age standard in English (we had them independently tested to confirm our fears). Perhaps this is standard of the middle stream classes? or a school not doing it's job adequately.

We got tutoring and got out. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I feel profits are the only thing they care about certainly not standards or pastoral care.

LensPens Thu 27-Mar-14 14:08:48

hi. sorry to hijack thread but reckon there might be some crossover - does anyone have any recent experience of Broadhurst school?

teacherlikesapples Fri 28-Mar-14 17:40:54

LensPens- is your priority pastoral care or academic achievement?

I don't know too much about NBH nursery but if you are looking at alternatives then as well as St Marks, Ready Steady Go is an amazing nursery (Camden/Primrose Hill or St Johns Wood).

Vivisal Thu 25-Dec-14 01:40:17

It's a bit worrying to have read all these reviews about NBH. After our visit we thought it was a lovely school with a good balance of care and academic push.
Are there parents here with their child in nursery? Would love to hear from you.

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