KEGS Chelmsford, is it really that good?

(48 Posts)
michaelad Tue 20-Mar-07 12:42:27

We have two young sons and moved the Chelmsford area a few years ago. The boys are still very young but it appears that nowadays you can't start thinking about schools early enough. Does anyone have any experience with KEGS in Chelmsford?

michaelad Wed 21-Mar-07 14:33:25


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runnervt Wed 21-Mar-07 20:38:54

My dh went there and really liked it. He was only in the sixth form though and it was more than ten years ago now so maybe not hugely relevant to your situation!

I went to the girls' school down the road but I never had a KEGS boyfriend!

michaelad Thu 22-Mar-07 09:42:07

Thanks for your comments anyway! I'll just keep bumping it until I find someone

michaelad Thu 22-Mar-07 16:33:15


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Tyakit Fri 23-Mar-07 10:01:58

DH has work colleagues with boys at KEGS - will ask him later to get some feedback.

michaelad Fri 23-Mar-07 10:34:08

Oh excellent! Thanks very much! I thought I was never going to find someone.

Millarkie Fri 23-Mar-07 10:37:01

My brother went there many years ago - loved it, got great exam results etc. Not much help to you since it was so long ago but BUMP.

michaelad Fri 23-Mar-07 10:41:43

much appreciated anyway! There more general info I can get (even if it's dated), the better..

Well my school appointed a very glamorous headmistress and she ended up shagging the KEGS headmaster who had to leave his wife.
Hope that helps.

michaelad Sat 24-Mar-07 12:08:31

LOL, you never know, might be useful one day!

Tyakit Sat 24-Mar-07 13:47:51

Hi, I asked DH and he said that his colleague had 2 boys at KEGS that have now left and gone onto Uni. Family and boys all loved the school and boys did very well academically, achieving good grades and getting the Uni places they wanted. Their view was that it is a very academically focused school and mindful of its reputation, i.e. they won't put students in for exams that they aren't going to pass. Hope this is helpful .

michaelad Sat 24-Mar-07 15:12:26

Yes Tyakit, sounds like a rather nice school indeed. Let's just see whether my boys show any potential to go to a grammar school when the time comes. Would not want them to sit the 11+ , just about scrape in and be very miserable for their entire time there.

Tyakit Sat 24-Mar-07 19:13:52

We have the same idea with DD and Chelmsford County High for Girls. She is attending a private pre-prep now and will start reception there in Sept. We are hoping that she may get into CCHG later but at this stage who knows!

JellypopPerkyJean Sat 24-Mar-07 19:21:05

I used to know quite a few ex-KEGS boys and they were all well-educated, charming, creative and talented. A bunch of right smartarses, in fact

They were all very fond of their school, iirc. We are talking 15+ years ago but I honestly can't believe the school or its pupils will have changed that much.

michaelad Sun 25-Mar-07 21:32:18


nally Sun 25-Mar-07 21:43:14

KEGS is a mixed-sex school now, isn't it?

nally Sun 25-Mar-07 21:44:16

How young are your kids? Maybe I should be thinking about mine.. dd1 is 5 and ds is almost 4. they both go to school in newlands spring.

Tyakit Sun 25-Mar-07 22:04:38

I think it is only the 6th form that is mixed sex.

nally Sun 25-Mar-07 22:07:27

oh ok.

nally Sun 25-Mar-07 22:08:25

how many chelmsford people are there on here do you think?

michaelad Mon 26-Mar-07 07:38:02

My sons are both still very young (ds1 will only start school in September). So it is really really early, I know. Its just with all the hype about "make sure your children go to the right schools or they will never get anywhere in life" I thought it's not too early to look into things. Especially since we live near Chelmsford. Still find it all a bit daunting, I have to admit

michaelad Mon 26-Mar-07 19:34:07

nally Not all that many people from Chelmsford on here by the look of things which is a real pity since I would love to meet some new people

Tyakit Mon 26-Mar-07 19:57:22

We live about 30mins from Chelmsford but know the area qute well as DH worked in Chelmsford for 6 yrs. I have one DD aged 4yrs 4 mths and am expecting by 2nd baby (boy we think) around the 6th May! I don;t post much as I work full time so don't have much time to keep up with things but am going on mat leave soon and really looking forward to it.

jellybellynally Tue 27-Mar-07 00:22:47

if you need a childminder, bear me in mind. i am nice - lol!

michaelad Tue 27-Mar-07 10:44:03

I'm always up for meeting up in Starbucks, say, for a coffee is anyone's interested!
jellynelly we definitely need a babysitter, no immediate family nearby [sad}

Tyakit Tue 27-Mar-07 11:44:48

Will do Nally - our childcare arrangements are in limbo as MIL who helped with DD when I went back to wwork has been ill and we are not sure if she will be able to cope with 2 DCs esp. a young baby.

jellybellynally Tue 27-Mar-07 13:02:05

let's arrange coffee for after the easter school hols

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jellybellynally Tue 27-Mar-07 13:32:45

Tyakit - i was thinking if your dd is starting school in september then it would have to be a school in my area for me to childmind her, otherwise i wouldn't be able to take her or pick her up. i would be able to have your ds any time after september (dd2 will be a year old then), but you probably wouldn't want your dc to be separated.
michaelad - definitely up for a bit of babysitting.

Tyakit Tue 27-Mar-07 14:07:09

Whoose kid? My DD is 4 and starts reception in Sept and DC2 not due until May.

Tyakit Tue 27-Mar-07 14:07:56

Coffee sounds good - may bit a bit busy with newborn just after school hols .

michaelad Tue 27-Mar-07 18:01:11

Great, let's try and arrange a big coffee meet up in Chelmsford sometime then! Tuesdays are best for me..

michaelad Thu 29-Mar-07 20:04:36


jellybellynally Fri 30-Mar-07 00:34:03

definitely doing the coffee thing. will arrange with you in a couple of weeks

michaelad Sun 01-Apr-07 11:00:52

Great! Like I said, pretty much any Tuesday's fine with me

michaelad Mon 02-Apr-07 19:23:16


michaelad Thu 05-Apr-07 09:29:22

jellybelly, still out there somewhere? Have added you to my mates list now. Any idea on the coffee date yet? Tuesday week sound any good?

Paula1 Wed 16-May-07 20:33:05

This is probably way too late for the poster to see my reply, but anyway, KEGS is a really good school, that is why there are so many prep schools in and around the Chelmsford area priming their pupils to pass the 11+, (anecdotally) I don't think anyone gets in from a state school on the school's teaching alone, they have all had private tutors from around year 4 onwards, all of the prep schools include in their prospectus a list of the schools where their children went on to at 11, and they are judged on their % that get in to the girls school or KEGS

Lizzy61 Fri 08-Jun-07 13:26:03

Really late answer. KEGS and Chelmsford High School take on marks from their entrance exam alone. I think KEGS takes the first 105 and CCHG take about 120 and you can apply whether you live in Essex or not. If your kids are really bright you have a chance.

Anyway I am up for coffee (have 2 daughters - one 13 and one 3)...

bjsylo Wed 14-Nov-12 21:47:23

It is a closer time now for you to be thinking about this! My son went to KEGS and I have one there at the moment, and as long as they can get into the KEGS banter then they will love it there! Highly academic and although it doesn't focus on average students, only the strugglers or high flyers, it is a fantastic school with a great atmosphere and rich history

nallylally Thu 03-Jul-14 19:03:02

Yay! DS got into KEGS!

mychildrenarebarmy Thu 03-Jul-14 21:38:42

Congratulations nallylally Straight off or from waiting list?

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