Boarding school for 12 year old DD within about an hour of London

(49 Posts)
MrsSchadenfreude Sun 24-Feb-13 22:18:01

where she can hopefully weekly board. And where we can get her in at fairly short notice (I am looking at this September) and which isn't super selective, as she is bright enough but not stellar. Either single sex or mixed, not fussed, though suspect she might prefer mixed. Haileybury? Roedean? Queenswood?

FelicityWasCold Sun 24-Feb-13 22:22:42

Queenswood very tennis and academic I think <might be wrong>

Haileybury good reputation I think.

Mill Hill? <not out of London, but parkland and does weekly boarding now>

difficultpickle Sun 24-Feb-13 22:23:16

St Edward's in Oxford is co-ed but not sure whether they would have space. Definitely not super selective but has very good reputation.

Queen Anne's in Caversham is single sex but I don't know anything about it personally.

FelicityWasCold Sun 24-Feb-13 22:23:38

Opps just remembered Mill Hill is 13 plus, when's her birthday. wink

northwestlondon Sun 24-Feb-13 22:28:08

St Margaret's in Bushey. Single sex

TomDudgeon Sun 24-Feb-13 22:42:31

St Georges in harpenden
It's not actually private

happygardening Sun 24-Feb-13 22:51:27

Are you looking for a place for yr 8 or 9? St Edwards starts at yr 9 and is full boarding. Cranleigh definitely primarily weekly boarding senior starts at Yr 9 but there is a prep which might offer boarding.
Within an hour of London also depends on which part of London you live in. Felstead? A friend used to teach there he was a good teacher and a thoroughly decent caring person his children went there and they did well. Lancing again starts yr 9 primarily weekly boarders high church (I couldn't cope with that) we know a couple there they're happy. Sutton Valance? Friends there are very pleased has a small number boarding between yrs 6-8.
Don't know if any if these have vacencies.

Happymum22 Sun 24-Feb-13 22:55:57

Priors Field in Godalming is a lovely boarding and day school, it often has short notice mid year boarding spaces due to having exchange students from australia parts of the year. Not hugely selective intake but lovely, happy girls and good results, excellent extra support/gifted and talented. Great facilities (new building going up at the moment) and lots of extra curricular.
Sorry this sounds like a big sales pitch- don't even have a DD there just have a friend who teaches there and raves about how well run the school is.

BlissfullyIgnorant Sun 24-Feb-13 23:10:41

Queenswood is glorious. You'd have to ask very nicely - I think the offers for September are either on their way or already out.

notcitrus Sun 24-Feb-13 23:42:47

Roedean does a lot of flexible boarding now.
Sevenoaks? St Catherine's in Bramley?

happygardening Mon 25-Feb-13 07:30:59

Sevenoaks is very over subscribed. But havi g said that with regard to vacencies even at the most over subscribed vacancies do arise. Children start and for a whole variety of reasons leave within a couple of terms and infact there will even be children who don't start dropping out at the last minute so if there's a school you particularly like it's definitely worth talking to the admission office especially if you're prepared to move at the last minute.

Dustylaw Mon 25-Feb-13 09:04:21

I would recommend both Queenswood and Roedean - that is, I don't think you could go wrong choosing either. Roedean has established a weekly boarding programme with Friday and Sunday evening escorted train pickups/drop offs at Victoria station so v. convenient for London parents. Queenswood doesn't have weekly programme as such but in practice I think a lot do weekly boarding. Haileybury also a nice school but don't know if they do pick ups or drop offs to facilitate weekly arrangements. Note also that Haileybury has Saturday morning school from Year 9. All well worth trying for September entry. Good luck.

goinggetstough Mon 25-Feb-13 11:21:49

Woldingham may be another to add to your list. It is a catholic girls school with lots of weekly boarders.

QueenOfToast Mon 25-Feb-13 12:27:17

Aldenham might be worth a look. It's probably about 2/3 boys and only 1/3 girls but it's small with a friendly feel. They're also (I think) keen to recruit more girls so even though the September offers for 11+ and 13+ have just gone out they might be happy to squeeze another girl in.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 25-Feb-13 18:34:52

Oh you are all really helpful! Thank you so much!! Our real problem is that we are looking at a place for 12+ so not usual timing. I think the discipline of weekly boarding would be good for her - she is bright but not terribly focused. She is very, very arty and has been able to do lots of stuff at her American school, such as video production, claymation, animation etc, but I think she needs a bit of academic rigour now, as well.

FelicityWasCold Mon 25-Feb-13 18:49:43

How about worth?

LIZS Mon 25-Feb-13 18:54:44

St Johns Leatherhead is from Year 9, Hurstpierpoint, Christ Hospital, Brighton College, Ardingly ?

Dustylaw Mon 25-Feb-13 19:44:14

Entry to year 8 could be to your advantage since you've missed the usual 11+ and 13+ cut off points. Definitely call the schools you are interested in asap. Don't bother with Christ's Hospital because they do not do weekly boarding - it is very much done on a fixed exeat every 3 weeks. Also, to make weekly boarding really work, it's in your interests to see they are set up for it in terms of logistics eg station pick ups and drop offs.

Bonsoir Mon 25-Feb-13 20:34:38


happigirl Mon 25-Feb-13 21:57:27

The Royal Masonic School (RMS) in Rickmansworth Herts.
They have weekly boarders, I know several very Arty girls who go there.

Biscuitsneeded Mon 25-Feb-13 22:11:03

Kent College Pembury

HousewifeFromHeaven Mon 25-Feb-13 22:15:11

How about Cobham Hall

BeckAndCall Tue 26-Feb-13 07:40:23

Have you thought of Frensham Heights in Farnham? Good academically and really good in performing arts. Lovely sports fields. Nice buildings, open fields, lovely atmosphere.

nennypops Tue 26-Feb-13 13:25:32

Try St George's, Ascot. Nice school, good academically, very pleasant atmosphere, good facilities.

countryliving Wed 27-Feb-13 18:06:25

We have been looking at a tiny school for girls in Oxford (Wychwood) which has a lovely art department.

FelicityWasCold Wed 27-Feb-13 18:08:47

Ohhh wychwood is a lovely school- tiny, so you have to like that sort of thing, but really a gorgeous gorgeous school.

Schmedz Wed 27-Feb-13 18:21:17

Royal Russell School in Croydon?

swpurple Mon 04-Mar-13 10:56:47

Marymount International School near Kingston Upon thames, Surrey.Well rounded girls.

Petrasmumma Thu 14-Mar-13 22:53:15

Heathfield in Ascot looks nice on paper. It isn't super selective and they will have spaces.Don't be tempted. We have several friends with wide experience of boarding education who got sucked in for their DDs and regret it bitterly.

CointreauVersial Thu 14-Mar-13 23:00:14

How about a state boarding school?

Royal Alexander & Albert in Reigate.

It is well-regarded and very oversubscribed for a day place, but more likely to have spare places for boarding.

CointreauVersial Thu 14-Mar-13 23:01:54

Gah! Royal AlexanDRA & Albert

Leeds2 Thu 14-Mar-13 23:23:11


Kenlee Fri 15-Mar-13 06:46:41

I choose priorsfield for ny daughter.

1) Pastarol care is excellent
2) The school is not an academic hot house
3) Despite it not being a hot house the girls gets results.
4) I was in London last week and sat in my car in Godalming looking at the behaviour of the girls and they seemed happy but not boisterous.
5) The back room staff are excellent very efficient. Allaying any fears that in an emergency they could not cope.

BlackMogul Fri 26-Apr-13 00:40:19

Queenswood is likely to have places but art is hopeless. Heathfield is likely to have places and takes art seriously.

GRW Fri 26-Apr-13 20:22:54

My daughter's friend is at Pipers Corner near High Wycombe, and is happy there. It's all girls and they have day places and boarding.

ThenWeTakeBerlin Fri 26-Apr-13 20:28:19

I've heard excellent things about Tudor Hall in Banbury, but that might be a little too far?

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 27-Apr-13 09:20:42

Thanks! Front runner is currently St Chris in Letchworth - strong on art and a similar ethos to the school she'll be leaving. Currently looking at others, too, before making a final decision. She has indicated a strong preference for mixed, rather than girls only.

Happymum22 Sat 27-Apr-13 15:35:06

Look at Priors Field School. i mentioned it on another thread with a poster looking for a similar school as my good friend's DD is there and loves it.
It is less than an hour from London. Great if you want a less-selective environment. Boarding is fab too.

Happymum22 Sat 27-Apr-13 15:36:11

Oh just saw your last post. Priors field is all girls, but worth a look.

Happymum22 Sat 27-Apr-13 15:37:24

Oh gosh I really am not awake today! I have already commented on this post, sorry!

lazymum99 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:20:38

I was just about to suggest st Chris when I read you post. DS2 boarded there for 4 years. Came back to London for 6th form. Very strong on art an drama. Very good pastoral care. He was extremely happy there and in fact drove up to Letchworth last night to visit friends. They take in any year as long as space. A good mix of academic abilities. PM me if you won't specific info.

jgjgjg Sun 28-Apr-13 22:33:33

Royal Russell in South Croydon

Mutteroo Mon 29-Apr-13 00:08:16

Bede's has fantastic art facilities. Good School's guide award winners, wonderful teaching staff etc. New boarding houses, co-ed, 40% girls, 40% boarding. Only issue is the senior school starts from year 9 & the prep school is in Eastbourne, a good 1.5hrs (minimum) from London.

Whatever you choose I wish you and your DD the best of luck. If we lived nearer to St Christopher's, it would have been a top contender for us also.

HoneyandRum Tue 30-Apr-13 19:01:05

Worth school in Sussex is lovely, great pastoral care, strong in music and art.

michaelrB Tue 30-Apr-13 20:33:39

Have a look at Ashford School in Kent - just 37min from St Pancras. Weekly boarding if that's what you are after.

Glowworm3 Sat 04-May-13 18:19:54

Check out Leighton Park in Reading, fab day and weekly boarding. 25 mins train journey from Paddington to Reading (I used to commute!). My daughter did fabulously well here, and son going well with the IB. Quaker school so has a brilliant atmosphere and ethos and pastoral care. Good luck!

helencw77 Sat 04-May-13 21:25:47

Hi, I don't know if you've already decided but Heathfield in Ascot would definitely be worth looking, very arty, very small, normally places (particularly in years 7 and 8), not selective - but does very well in exams etc - and very friendly. I worked in the pastoral team for six years and know it well (but am naturally biased !)

everythingido Fri 11-Jul-14 10:23:03

Is there any update on these schools? I am looking to move my daughter from a co-ed environment at Xmas (year 8). She hasn't enjoyed her current co-ed environment due to disruptive and sometimes aggressive behaviour of some of the boys (although she was in a co-ed junior school before with no problems) and we are thinking about moving her to a girls school instead. We would be looking in the surrey/Berkshire area. Boarding isn't out of the question. Any experience of (or views on) moving from Co-ed to all girls would be helpful.

Eastpoint Sat 12-Jul-14 07:57:52

I suggest you start a new thread

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