Cranleigh, Reeds or Lancing?

(21 Posts)
TinTan1 Fri 07-Mar-14 23:50:41

For DS... Very Sporty especially Rugby, middle academically and extroverted. Good pastoral care important, needs to be close to SW London... Any thoughts or advice out there on these choices? Tried some London days but didn't get in.

inthename Sat 08-Mar-14 00:53:49

Are you looking for a boarding or day place at these schools? Cranleigh - good sport, competitive entry, expensive and in the middle of nowhere, nearest train station Guildford, 25 minute bus journey. Cranleigh very small and tends to have 'arty' type shops. Reeds -have you already got a place? again in the middle of nowhere, Oxshott station a good 20 minute walk minimum. Very good reputation for sport, was supposed to be middle of the road academically but getting harder to get in, entrance exam in January for 11+ entry and pre test at the beginning of yr 7 for 13+ entry. Lancing - known locally for music rather than sport.

bettys Sat 08-Mar-14 14:24:14

Reed's is closest to SW London, with school buses running from there. Very sporty, excellent pastoral care, and academically on the up. What year entry are you looking for if you didn't get a place at a London day school? I doubt there will be places for September 2014

TinTan1 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:06:32

Thank you for advice...I'm assuming boarding and considering as didn't secure place at 11+ day in London.

TinTan1 Sat 08-Mar-14 23:13:32

Any experience or goss on Dulwich?

happygardening Sat 08-Mar-14 23:46:11

The very sporty children at my DS's prep who weren't bright enough for a Tonbridge all went to Cranleigh all were at the very least middle academically. I met up with one of the mums recently they're really pleased with it, parents tend to be conservative with a small c and want a good solid education with lots of sport, cricket in particular I believe is very big. No full boarding, only weekly. Lancing is high church, smells and bells, that would put me off instantly, can't comment on Reeds.

bettys Sun 09-Mar-14 09:06:33

Radnor?

TinTan1 Sun 09-Mar-14 15:11:05

Thanks again for comments... I'm getter keener on Cranleigh all the time. Don't know much about Radnor... Can you tell me more?

inthename Sun 09-Mar-14 15:29:16

Are you looking for a year 7 place for September 2014?
Cranleigh is from 13.
If a year 7 place you would need

inthename Sun 09-Mar-14 15:31:36

Are you looking for a year 7 place for September 2014?
Cranleigh School is from 13.
If you are looking for a year 7 place that would be Cranleigh prep school, but they assess in November for the following September.

inthename Sun 09-Mar-14 15:31:43

Are you looking for a year 7 place for September 2014?
Cranleigh School is from 13
If you are looking for a year 7 place that would be Cranleigh prep school, but they assess in November for the following September.

inthename Sun 09-Mar-14 15:32:48

Sorry - stupid phone!

bettys Sun 09-Mar-14 16:40:07

No, I have no personal experience of Radnor, but parents seem happy with it.

TinTan1 Thu 17-Apr-14 23:17:27

Dulwich?

basildonbond Fri 18-Apr-14 07:07:00

Did your ds not try Dulwich already? All places for this September were allocated back in February - it's oversubscribed so rejects a large number of boys and has a waiting list so I wouldn't have thought you'd have much luck at this stage

Does your ds have a place anywhere for September?

KingscoteStaff Fri 18-Apr-14 12:48:53

What year is your son, and what entrance are you applying for - 13+? 11+? Sept 14? Sept 15? Sept 16?

cottonwoolmum Fri 18-Apr-14 19:50:29

Of those I only know Reeds. It's a great school. Lots of sport, great pastoral care and strong academics. It has a reputation for both sport and pastoral care but it is also getting increasingly strong academically. I know several fairly bright boys who didn't get in recently, so you may need to make sure he's secure in the exam topics if you choose it.

TinTan1 Fri 18-Apr-14 20:11:24

Thank you all. I'm interested in 13+. Reeds and boarding? Seems v few boarders.., but it's just too far for day for us...is weekly boarding established enough?

FatFrumpyFilly Fri 18-Apr-14 23:49:06

Know pupils at a Lancing and Cranleigh. Lancing is more of a football school but apart from that they're not that dissimilar.

mummytime Sat 19-Apr-14 11:37:20

I think weekly boarding is pretty good at Reeds, it has good pastoral care too (unlike what I've heard of Cranleigh). I'd probably worry about full boarding at Reeds, but for weekly its fine.

cottonwoolmum Sat 19-Apr-14 11:39:33

Won't you need to get in touch with the schools asap, as most 13+ entries these days begin with an 11+ filter test and then a CE exam for 13+ as well.

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