Lambrook vs LVS(53 Posts)
Does anyone have views on Lambrook vs LVS? Looking for my DS to start in Yr 3. Your opinions and experiences much appreciated.
I'm not surprised, Bisjo.
Glad DS is enjoying SGWC. How is the new head?
Bisjo - are you Catholic? Just wondering how strong the Catholic influence is at St Georges? I know around 40% are Catholic but interested to know how non-catholic children get on there
As a boy who can board, Bisjo can only be referring to St George's Windsor Castle - a dyed-in-the-wool Anglican school.
The Catholic St George's (ie Weybridge) is as Catholic or non-Catholic as you want it to be. The majority of students are non-Catholic, but Catholic students can further their faith if they want to. It is a very inclusive school. Families are asked to be sympathetic to the Christian ethos.
No not Catholic. I think you must be thinking of a different St George's. Do you mean the one in Ascot, which I think is girls only? Ds is at the one in Windsor which is definitely CofE.
New head wears three piece suits and has very shiny shoes. I've met him twice. First time he didn't ask my name (I told him I was a new parent) and second time he was 10 minutes late for a 15 minute meeting. He is probably more of a figurehead than the one they had last year and is therefore probably more like the one who retired last year (and therefore preferred by the governors). At the moment he is described as the interim head. He's come from a school that closed down.
I really liked the head that was only there for a year and haven't yet found out why he left. Ds said the old head always spoke to the boys (well at least for the few days ds was there last term) whereas the new one doesn't. The main thing for me is that ds likes his teachers and that way he'll stay out of trouble and avoid meetings with the head .
I visited the St George's in Weybridge a few years ago. They have astro turf tennis courts and apartments in the school grounds for teachers. Amazing grounds (and amazing cars in the large car park).
Biggest grounds inside the M25, apparently.
That doesn't surprise me. I found it completely intimidating.
That's what they want you to think
Well it must be less scary for some as it is a very popular school. I just couldn't imagine either myself or ds fitting in with the other parents.
It's a popular school because it is the only independent school in a large area for boys, let alone a selective school for both boys and girls.
It's in a dead zone for state schools, so has a very captive audience.
Agree with that Knowsabit. The area is a black hole for selective boys' or co-ed day schools.
Glad your DS has settled bisjo.
Sorry for the St George's confusion! Yes I was asking about the Weybridge one. Haven't been there yet but it's on my short list due to what you all said about a real lack of choice round here
Change of name to post but, as current parent with DS at Lambrook, it is what I would consider a archetypal country prep par excellence - see Tatler schools guide this month - facilities are amazing - nearly 50 acres of beautiful grounds, and then there's the squash, the golf, new performing arts centre etc., great teaching, and approachable pro-active HM, very caring support system, and flexi boarding is great too - DS only do it when he wants - no pressure to and has only done it occasionally, academics are very good but the school is aiming to produce very rounded children ...on cost, though, yes you get what you pay for, and it is a little eye watering - and in addition to the fees which rise considerably in year 5 on, you need to consider all the extras ...several hundred pounds a term per child when you take into account after school clubs, trips, music lessons, uniform. They also have compulsory Saturday school (unless you can show some worthwhile activities DCs are doing instead outside school) from Year 5. I don't know LVS very well but it's not comparing apples to apples - I wouldn't put it on a par. But if you feel you can afford Lambrook - have no qualms - go for it. I can afford it as I only have one DS not so sure if i had two!
I heard that Lambrook has had quite a few families leave recently, because they weren't happy. That worried me..
But you are right. Lvs doesn't compare. Lvs is a fee school, but it's run like a state school. It's not a prep school. Don't understand why people would pay school fees for this kind of private school. It's like a state with smaller classes
Have you looked at hall grove. A few people have moved from lambrook to there and they say its fabulous. Ratio boys to girls much more even, nicer parents, still great links to fab school. Still an Eton feeder. Numbers look less impressive on paper to lambrook as lambrook bigger school. Lambrook has far more pupils than most local preps so seems to be 'better' at sports etc... But that's because they have more children to choose from. They send more children to top schools for same reason.. If you calculate properly, many schools better than lambrook.
I can only speak for my personal experience as a current parent - I moved DS to Lambrook because of its better reputation on the pastoral aspects and the benefits of flexi boarding - the bigger size is more beneficial means they can be more flexible each year in putting them with peers in a form group that they get along with...my DS is not very sporty, though the school is (and yes, it excels at many sports and even compared with schools of teh same size) , but he loves it and is also very successful is other areas at the school. I have not heard any compliants from other parents and in fact the HM is very popular and hands on ...and all the staff seem very approachable and professional there may be folk leaving because its fees are more than some smaller private schools...but in this case you get what you pay for...new performing arts centre, flexi boarding and excellent sports facilities as well as very good academics for a non selective country prep... more importantly, I expect my DS will think of his halcyon days when looking back at his time at Lambrook
You also have to think where you want DCs to go after prep school, and look at where DCs go from LVS - next schools distinations is also a significant factor for me, and while I didn't want a hothouse, I moved DS to Lambrook so he had a better chance that at his previous smaller prep school if he did want to pitch for say Eton, Harrow, Wellington or Charterhouse etc. though there are many other destinations so they seem to cater for all..for a non -selective school they have a good track record. Again, I don't think LVS is on a par but it all depends on what you are aspiring for next for your DC.
I did look at Papplewick, which has great track record for Eton scholarships etc. but decided against it because it was single sex (at prep school I prefer mixed) and because it was compulsory boarding for final two years vs ad hoc boarding of Lambrook which suits me fine as DS can get a taste of it and boards very occasinally, but does not have to do it unless he wants to.
Not sure if you have already made your decision? I have visited both LVS and Lambrook and have to say I agree with the others, I am thoroughly impressed with Lambrook and going to put my DS in from nursery next year.
LVS is good overall, facilities esp IT equipments are abit old, nothing really stands out and it's what you would expect from a private school. Though the fee is more affordable!
While we are on the subject of fees. Does any of your little one currently at nursery and receiving 15 hours per week nursery grant for 3-5 yr old? I have contacted Lambrook regarding this but the info received still not very clear. From my understanding some schools offer 2.5 hours of nursery grant per half a day session, so to attend 6 half a day session you would get the full 15 hours entitlement. I am not sure why Lambrook couldn't give me an idea how much the fee would be per term after the deduction base on the current rate (for 6 sessions), where as other school could? Any help would be greatly received!
Your DS and mine will be in the same year at Lambrook acmum, although mine is not going to start until Reception. Lovely school isn't it?
I don't know what they do about nursery grant either, my DS is August born so he will still qualify for all 3 terms of reception.
AFAIK the grant has to be taken over three days (in general, not just Lambrook) but I think as long as you do at least 15hrs over three or more days you can claim the full whack. I don't know how much of a reduction that would work out as though. At Meadowbrook (where my DS will go to nursery) the 3hr morning session still costs £20 after claming grant.
Oh my goodness inclusionist, my DS is starting pre-school at Meadowbrook this April! (He will be 2.5yrold) I am planning to have him there for two terms then switch to Lambrook when he's 3. When is your DS starting?
Yea at Meadowbrook the nursery grant deduction is working out under £3 an hour and I wonder if I could use the same calculation to work out the fee at Lambrook..
My DS went to Meadowbrook and then to Lambrook!
A well trodden path!
acmum my DS is in the parent and toddler group now and TBH will probably be ready to start in April as he is dry now and communicating pretty well. However, he is very happy with his lovely childminder so I plan to leave him with her until September.
Inclusionist - such small world!! we are doing P&T group too, but prosby different ay to you & your DS. It's our 2nd term this term.
grovel - well trodden path indeed! Would be interested to know which school you have chose for his secondary education / further education, I have wellington in mind but of course we have many years to look into this
acmum, he went to Eton and is now at Durham. Very happy throughout (thank God!).
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