Just moving to the area and the most likely school that we'll get my son in for reception is Bowes Primary. I was wondering if anyone has any experience of it? He's mixed race, but very bright, and we were hoping that he'd be able to apply for one of the local grammar / selective schools at 11, but a little concerned about the primary school. Unfortunately they won't take visits until October and I really want to know now whether it's right for him!
Essentially, as they have such a high mid year turn over, and high levels of children who do not speak English as a first language, I appreciate that they do a fantastic job given the circumstances - but does this negatively affect the more stable english speaking bright child?
Thanks for any opinions, do understand if people think I'm being a bit crazy, but don't really have anywhere to turn to find out more... All replies appreciated!
Hello, while I don't have a child in this school, I do visit it every week as part of my work.
The parents who have their children there are very happy with the school, and it is very highly regarded in the area. As you say there is a high turnover of pupils as the families are very mobile due to a high proportion of rented housing-stock, rather an any lack in the school.
I know several parents who come to my group with younger children who have moved into the catchment area just so that they will have more chance of being accepted when they apply.