DS turns 2 in June, so this is a long term planning issue! Is there a single resource to look at when it comes to private/independent schools? I want to look at all our options and see what our choices are. It seems it's either move or go private unfortunately.
You can look at Ofsted report for Early Years, IAPS and Independent Schools Reports but even they may not give you a full picture. tbh you need to get going fairly quickly now as some may already have waiting lists for Nursery/Reception entry although they may be fairly mobile until nearer the time, as some parents will register as a back up plan for their ideal state school. Make a shortlist and start going to open days.
Thanks. We're in Ocean Village TalkInPeace2 and DS would go to the school on the St Mary's estate given the boundaries that are in place. I'll have a look at Stroud and HCS. St Mary's college I know and like the ethos. Not a chance he's going to Greggs. I used to work with school groups and it's amazing the way some schools behave. St Mary's were lovely, Greggs not so much.
I'll look up those links LIZS and see what there is. Thank you.
Hmmm - from Ocean village your options are pretty limited. Could you get across to St Johns in Castle Way? the stats are deceptive - its a very happy place .... TBH if you are needing to live near moorings there are MUCH better places to be than central Soton - Hamble, Marchwood, Bucklers, Lymington spring to mind - the first two still easy run for the motorways...
The Independent Schools Council website has a 'postcode search' feature. I would start with that to bring up all your options, then peruse the websites and download or order prospectus (prospectii- no idea whatthe plural is) for the ones you are interested in.
Most independents will be having open days in the coming term. Draw yourself up a schedule!
I would love to be in the position to draw up a schedule! Unfortunately there aren't many schools.
I think we're going to go and have a look at Charlton House and possibly Sherbourne House, although that's a long way away. Charlton House is localish and the kids were always a delight when I encountered them.
The problem seems to be there are good schools in places that I really don't want to live and no schools here.
Thanks for the offer TalkinPeace2. I may well take you up on that when I'm feeling a bit less depressed about the whole thing.
ooh I'd forgotten sherborne - yup a good option BUT from where you are, on a good day you are looking at 30 mins to SH or Stroud (even with the bridge back in at Romsey) waterside - tend to go the HCS route east of the Itchen - "cory" is more your expert there depressing as it may seem, moving may have to be one of your options ....
Hi Please help me i am planning to get admission for my daughter in CHARLTON HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL (St. Mary's Collage) she is 6.5yrs old and have ADHD and Speech Delay. Just want to check is this school good for Special Need kids?