Info on LVS Ascot?

(34 Posts)
lme30005 Sat 22-Sep-12 22:04:17


I'm considering this school for my DS and wondered if anyone had any knowledge of it. It is non selective but still gets very good results.

My DS is probably able to get into a selective school but I like the fact that its co-ed, it seems friendly, and facilities are good.

The main issue I have is paying a lot of money every term for a school which doesn't have the best results or pupils going on to the best universities. How can I tell my DS won't miss out by not going to a selective school (if that makes sense!) It's so hard trying to figure out what's the 'best' school for him


annester Mon 20-Jan-14 21:07:55

My daughter goes there and it has been the best decision I could have made for her. When she started school she was shy, withdrawn and very scared to go anywhere without me. Two and a bit years on she is happy, confident, has made great friends. The KS1 area of the school is amazing, truly lovely. Great teachers and TA's, lovely play area (nice and secluded and separated from the KSs kids so nice and safe). They go on great school trips but the teachers also push them to do well and keep parents very informed. I have to be honest and not sure whether I am going to be as pleased in KS2 (years 3 to 6) because my daughter loves her sports and I am not sure whether the current curriculum offers enough sports in KS 2. Also the school does not offer common entry exams or 11 + as it feeds into its own Senior School. If your child starts school in Sept in KS1 ( Reception, Year 1 and `Year 2), I couldn't recommend it more.

Doodles500 Mon 20-Jan-14 16:45:39

Is there any new info on this school. I am thinking of sending my son there? I heard a they had a mass exodus of teachers though!

foofooyeah Sat 14-Sep-13 07:13:17

I have friends with children at LVS and they are very happy with it and their boys have done well - much better than at state school./

My son went to Charters and TBH wasn't that impressed.

I thought St Georges was only girls ?

Flicktheswitch Sat 14-Sep-13 06:59:40

Ask to visit the school on a normal day and ask to be shown around by pupils, not staff.

proudfatherofthree Fri 13-Sep-13 21:28:20

I suggest you visit the school again on the next open day, then when you are there arrange a school day visit with the registrar.

SlimShaydee Wed 14-Aug-13 13:33:39

moving to the uk in january, considering lvs for my two kids, in junior and senior school. But i'm a bit concerned about the mixed reviews I've read on the thread. when we visited the school, we were impressed by the staff and the facilities although the school was not in session. I would really appreciate it if someone could give us more, recent information about the school and what you personally experienced. Thanks! smile

Chee33 Sat 03-Aug-13 16:06:09

Hi, I know this thread was a while ago but I'm intrigued to know what decision you made? My D goes to LVS and it's a lovely school! Annoys me when people comment and they haven't had any connection with the school or siblings attending the school! Let's be honest, when your paying for a school you always hear people complaining for 1 reason or another.

Knowhere Sun 09-Dec-12 22:59:37

Oops! I meant the details of LVS Ascot: what about bullying?!
The school, headmasters and the students look friendly; crowded a bit, considering the number of students (do they ever have an opportunity of using all the facilities? i.e. swimming pool)? HELP! The last moment to run away!

Knowhere Sun 09-Dec-12 00:47:34

Any details on that?...
My son will be staring his year 10, Sept 2013. I am a bit is a senitive and emphatic boy.

lme30005 Mon 24-Sep-12 22:11:45

I would consider boys schools as I don't have much choice! I think Merchant Taylor's is a bit too far but looks good. My main problem is I have other DCs that are at primary school so secondary school has to be easily commutable
We would consider moving but it would have to be an excellent state, and we'd have problems moving the others too
I think I'll just have to hope he gets into the RGS

charlieandlola Mon 24-Sep-12 19:11:46

I went to one of the girls schools in Ascot many moons ago and my local friends' brothers either boarded or were day boys at Wellington, Bearwood, pangbourne or Bradfield college.

EBDTeacher Mon 24-Sep-12 18:56:53

Scratch Merchant Taylors', I forgot you want co-ed.

Tricky one!

EBDTeacher Mon 24-Sep-12 18:47:31

Wellington is quite boarding-centric. However, there is now a day house. I know the Housemaster and he is a lovely bloke.

It is riddled with gimmicks because of Seldon, but underneath all that there is a sound education. If my DS does not want to board there is a good chance we'll send him to Wellington as a day boy (if we still live round here in 10yrs!). As you are finding, it's slim pickings at senior level. I hope DS does want to board as it would open up so much more choice.

Are you thinking of moving? Could you get within range of Merchant Taylor's? DH has also taught there and really rates it. You don't have to be super-crazy-bright to get in because there's so much selective competition locally (Habs etc).

lme30005 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:59:20

Wellington I'm not so keen on as there are a lot of boarders I think, and it is quite expensive. Also it seems to be a bit of a marmite school!
I will look at Charters and see what the catchment intake was like to get an idea - thanks
I have considered St George's but not sure if I would be happy with the Catholic study as we are not at all religious - would seem a bit hypocritical
The house names at LVS are good - I'm sure the beer influence is what drew my DH to the school!

TalkinPeace2 Mon 24-Sep-12 15:01:45

DH worked at LVS once.
He LOVED the house names. When they got the kids to line up and the head shouted out that he wanted a straight line of ... and shouted the name DH had to laugh.

EBDTeacher Mon 24-Sep-12 13:48:56

Or there is St Georges, Weybridge if you don't mind Catholicism. They have school buses that stop at every bus stop in the South East.

EBDTeacher Mon 24-Sep-12 13:33:24

My DS is going to go to Lambrook, lovely place.

I think Seldon is a self-publicising toad fraud but the school still provides a good education and a lot of other opportunities.

mumsneedwine Mon 24-Sep-12 13:29:12

If I win the lottery I will def send to Wellington. It's so pretty

grovel Mon 24-Sep-12 12:45:42

Lambrook followed by Wellington.


Unless you think Seldon is fraud.

mumsneedwine Mon 24-Sep-12 10:58:05

Wellington is only from year 9. Ranelagh is a brilliant church school, but need to find God by Year 2 to stand a chance (or work there as staff kids get first dibs this year). Charters is an excellent school and many kids get in from out of catchment every year (might not be in first round but so many eventually go private in the area it's normal to have kids from Windsor and Bracknell in September). LVS has a lot of foreign students and it seems to be very inclusive, but I wouldn't pay the money. Edgbarrow in Crowthorne is a good state school, but there are no other co-ed private schools in the area. It's mainly v v expensive girls boarding schools ! Can help a bit if would like further info as live in area (guess where my kids are !) & also work in local schools.

EBDTeacher Sun 23-Sep-12 22:05:24

I did part of my PGCE at Ranelagh and would not send DS there.

What about Wellington? DH taught there and we lived as staff in a boarding House. Very good school, they do well with the middle band of students (in academic terms).

lme30005 Sun 23-Sep-12 22:00:38

Oh dear, the LVS comments get worse! Nothing particularly positive. Have heard good things about Charters but catchment area a problem - can't really afford to live in Sunningdale or Ascot. Have to have a closer look, thanks. Don't you have to be church goers to get into Ranelagh?

grovel Sun 23-Sep-12 19:26:21

Yes, Ranelagh is good. I forgot about it.

Knowsabitabouteducation Sun 23-Sep-12 19:23:47

Charters or Ranelagh.

It all depends on where you live exactly.

grovel Sun 23-Sep-12 19:07:06

I know a teacher there who does not think it's much good.

Charters is the best state school in the area. By far.

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