Surbiton High School

(11 Posts)
Greengagesummer Mon 08-Feb-16 16:17:01

Can anyone give me a feel for the academic range at SHS and how well they teach across it?
I understand that they have an enrichment programme and creative writer in residence & entrepreneur in residence, but wondered how well these are integrated into daily lessons - worthwhile efforts or glittery packaging?
Thank you.

DarkBlueEyes Mon 08-Feb-16 16:21:37

My daughter is there. I'd say she was average to above average. I wish I knew. Our state school wouldn't tell me so I have no idea really.... apart from her SAT levels at the end of year 6. They certainly show you the mega achievers on open days, so there are some incredibly bright girls there. I think they are about 110 in the league tables (but am happy to be corrected) and our other offers (Putney/Notting Hill - higher and St Catherine's - lower) might be considered to be better schools. However DD1 is very happy there and she is being well catered for and hopefully stretched.

Greengagesummer Mon 08-Feb-16 16:34:22

Thank you Dark blue eyes.

Are the ipads a gimmick or do they for an integral part of learning?

I'm not too bothered by league positions; like you, we have offers at schools above & below & waiting for last one on Friday ☺ but the learning experience. I felt that the recent open day was very slick and impressive but not sure how much the bells and whistles actually permeated classrooms , rather than being nice selling points.
I'm glad that your DD is happy there; it makes everythino worthwhile!

Oh, another quick question: how often do you get grades/reports/parents meetings? Can you email individual teachers if necessary or heads of year?

Thanks again

DarkBlueEyes Mon 08-Feb-16 16:41:37

DD uses her iPad extensively for homework - not a gimmick at all, they do nearly everything on it - to the extent I've had to buy a wireless printer!. I'd say the open days were very slick and every so slightly scary, but I guess they need to impress the stripy blazer brigade (we came from a normal state church primary so were more easily impressed I feel!). We have had two parent evenings so far, I didn't go to the first one as you get 5 minutes with each teacher! The second one was bonkers but it was good to go. You can monitor their progress on the MIS which is very very good. I have had to email the form teacher on one occasion who was super helpful. I am generally very happy. And DD loves it!

Greengagesummer Mon 08-Feb-16 17:06:29

That's great to hear.

Thanks again for replying.

Greengagesummer Tue 09-Feb-16 17:52:49

Would love to hear from any other parents with DD at Surbiton, especially further up the school.
What are the best & worst aspects?
What is pastoral care like, especially when bullying happens?
Please message me if you prefer - thanks smile

piupiu Tue 09-Feb-16 18:25:27

I'm following this thread with interest. We too have to make the decision about SHS this month and would love to hear parents thoughts on the school. Thanks

Greengagesummer Mon 15-Feb-16 10:51:53

I know it's half term but if any parents have any comments about their daughter's senior school experiences, I'd love to hear them! And I think others would too.

Greengagesummer Mon 15-Feb-16 11:00:10

Our particular issue is having offers at LEH & SHS. Obviously have a reasonably academic DD but want to choose the most inspiring school for her, especially given the fees aren't vastly different. She is unsure, so we will take another look at LEH. She's sporty, but not in the main sports of either school.

Any thoughts most welcome.

Hopefully we will come away with a strong gut feel in the end!

pixelchick10 Thu 18-Feb-16 19:26:10

Our daughter goes to SHS now in Lower Sixth has been there since Y4. Got a great clutch of GCSEs now studying for As. It's a good school with great 'value added'. Has really instilled a love of studying in her - she won't come out of her room this half term as she is revising so hard!!! Good pastoral care they stamp on any bullying immediately.

plum44 Thu 18-Feb-16 20:48:19

My daughter came half way through senior from a state school. She is thriving at SHS. Im really impressed with the teaching and the pastoral care at the school. She works hard but has fun too which is important. By the way the ipad makes life easy, and is far from a gimmick. She can email her homework directly, email her teacher if she's worried about something and check general information within school.

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