York House School (Rickmansworth/Croxley Green) - Advice please!

(11 Posts)
bubbaboomummy Wed 29-Jan-14 13:56:33

I am thinking of sending my daughter to York House this September, reception class. I absolutely love the school but my only concern is the unproven secondary school success for girls. They have excellent success for the boys. The other choice is Charlotte House Prep School.

Does anyone have any experience of the school with girls?

Many thanks in advance.

stikmatix Wed 29-Jan-14 14:21:13

Sorry no direct experience but I hear such good things about York House, when the time comes I will be considering it for my youngest (a boy). I hear it is a very happy school and very nurturing, good pastoral care etc.

I know it goes up to 13, but in the past before they went mixed, and in recent years before girls have reached Year 6 did they prep boys for 11+ as well as 13+? If so, that should give you the answer as to how successful they are at 11+ albeit only for boys. If they didn't then not sure what to say really...have you discusses the subject with the Head? How endemic do you think outside tutoring/prepping is in the school?

bubbaboomummy Wed 29-Jan-14 18:19:54

It is a fantastic school and the head is is great. Senior school success for the boys is excellent. Such a big decision to make! My thinking is that the same should apply for the girls when the time comes. The head is very confident about the success for girls and they have already developed relationships with some fantastic independent girls' schools.
It's always good to hear from current parents plus I'm probably answering my own question!

I know that in DS1's year at WBGS, about ten boys came from York House at the beginning of Y7, which is a high proportion from one prep school. I also know a boy who stayed at YH until the end of Y8 and then moved on to Merchant Taylors. My god-daughter went to York House for a while, but moved to a state primary in Y1.

Charlotte House is also supposed to be good. I only know one girl there but she is doing very well.

bubbaboomummy Wed 29-Jan-14 18:38:07

ThreeBeeOneGee what did your god-daughter's parents think of YH?

They were happy with it and the decision to move her was due to other factors. She is at DAO now, so all worked out well.

bubbaboomummy Wed 29-Jan-14 19:55:15


Sorry, DAO = Dame Alice Owen

tigerrsc Thu 30-Jan-14 13:32:08

My DS goes to York House.

I think both schools have a nice friendly feel. York House is bigger and with slightly better facilities but up to 11 that might not make too much difference.

Do you want mixed or girls only?

bubbaboomummy Thu 30-Jan-14 19:15:49

Tigerrsc- I think for senior school an all girls school would be more important. I'm very confused as on another post a user posted some very negative and defamatory comments about YH (they have a son there). I want a school where she will reach her full potential and will end up at a good senior school, possibly a top state school. I really don't want to make the wrong choice.

tigerrsc Fri 31-Jan-14 11:18:14

We always worry. Thats what being a parent is about. Well that and hugs……

If I were you I would ask the school if you could talk to the parents of the girls further up the school and some of the parents from the girls in reception. You could get a better idea of how they are actually finding the school.

In terms of moving on at 11, ask Mr Gray how he is going to prepare the girls for entry into state schools (WGSG or other) and how he is going to prepare them for entry into private schools. What actions are they going to take and when will they start the preparation for the kids for Verbal reasoning, non verbal reasoning etc etc etc

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