English curriculum v Scottish curriculum, Strathallan v Dollar

(9 Posts)
kingaelfred Thu 07-Feb-13 21:50:27

Hi, We have to relocate to Rosyth area for hubby's work and i need help finding a suitable school for my 9yr and 12yr old boys. Currently at prep and senior independents in Southampton. Not mad on city living so thinking of somewhere north of the Forth within 30mins of work. My dilemma is how much of an upset would it be if i put them at a school that follows the Scottish curriculum and what problems would they have if they were to move back to English system at some stage. Does anyone have any feedback on either Dollar Academy or Strathallan? Big variation in fees, is this due to the different curriculums? Any help greatly appreciated. I am viewing both schools in half term week.

motherstongue Fri 08-Feb-13 15:47:28

Hi there, my advice if you are moving to Rosyth and your 2 kids are currently at English prep would be to go and have a look at Cargilfield prep school which is in Barnton in Edinburgh. It is very easy to get to from Rosyth and in fact they do a bus service from that side of the Forth Bridge. They have the advantage of feeding to all the major English public schools as well as the scottish ones. Your eldest would then still be able To do common entrance. In Scotland they would follow the curriculum for excellence which is completely different at most other schools. The difference in cost for Dollar and Strathallan is that Dollar is really a day school and Strathallan a boarding school. If you want info on Cargilfield feel free to pm me

kingaelfred Sat 09-Feb-13 00:06:26

Hi thanks for your suggestion. I had read up on Cargilfield and thought it looked lovely. However, my eldest would only be able to spend a year there. Unfortunately he has only just started at his current school as now year 7 so i am keen to find a school he can stay in for the next few years. If i can find a school that both boys can attend at the same time that would make life easier whilst providing a bit of moral support for each other. If they were a bit younger i think Cargilfield would be a perfect choice! Out of interest which Edinburgh Independents do you favour (can't afford Fettes though!)?

FannyFifer Sat 09-Feb-13 00:10:20

Would you not just send them to the local school?

motherstongue Sat 09-Feb-13 09:03:35

It really depends on where you decide to live, will you live on the Fife side of the bridge or commute from Edinburgh (quite easy as you would be going against the traffic each day) or the centre belt (also a commute) or even into Perthshire (again a commute). If you want private education your location will matter as very few private day schools outwith the cities so you would need to look at boarding realistically. For both boys to start at a private school together I would look at Merchiston boys school in Edinburgh because it is just off the bypass, takes boys from 8 to 18 and is a good school and would be easy from most locations I have mentioned

kingaelfred Sat 09-Feb-13 15:27:36

We will choose where to live based around finding the right school. We are planning to rent so as long as Rosyth is within 30mins drive it doesn't matter where we live really. Does anyone have any views on the scottish curriculum v english?

crazycarol Sat 09-Feb-13 20:40:42

I know of at least one Edinburgh school (Stewarts Melville) that runs a daily bus service from Fife. It is an all-through school.

My personal view on the English v Scottish is that the scottish curriculum appears to be broader than its English counterpart in terms of the norm is for 5 Highers at age 17 whereas the English norm is 3 A levels (or possibly 4) with the Scottish Advanced Higher (taken at age 18 in 6th year) counting for more UCAS points than the A levels. i have personal experience of both. The Scottish curriculum has recently changed to the curriculum for excellence and I don't think that anyone quite knows how that will work out.

Edinburgh has a much higher percentage of children educated in private schools than anywhere else in the country. There is in my opinion very little to choose academically between most of the schools. Although some schools are considered very good for sport, others for music, others for extra curricular activities. Most are co-ed but a couple of single sex too.

amck5700 Sun 10-Feb-13 20:05:40

Unless you really really want the English system, why not save your money and move to Dunblane or Bridge of Allan and access the state school? - travel time to Rosyth would be just over your 30 minutes. Dunblane High was the 4th best performing in Scotland. The 3 above it are not really within your travel criteria.

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 10-Feb-13 22:19:36

I would try and go for a school that offers a levels as opposed to the Scottish system. My daughter is at the sister school to Merchiston and many parents I know have children at both. You could live in South Queensferry and easily commute to Rosyth and into Edinburgh.

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