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Selective preps for girls South Oxfordshire?

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plainjayne123 Fri 08-Mar-13 09:37:43

Are there any? Or where are the nearest, any help much appreciated.

difficultpickle Sun 10-Mar-13 20:47:04

Talkinpeace I was talking about your dh's description of the pupils he met. I have no idea what goes on in a staff room so of course cannot and did not comment. As I said, I know children at six preps and none of those schools fit your description of pupils. I also don't know any private school parents who treat the staff like 'skivvies'. In fact it is the complete opposite. The many private school parents treat the teaching staff with respect.

It sounds to me as if your dh would be happier doing another job. I'd hate to work in an environment that is as poisonous as you describe, it must be utterly soul destroying for him.

Talkinpeace Sun 10-Mar-13 21:37:57


difficultpickle Sun 10-Mar-13 21:42:58

Based on that response maybe it reminds him of home hmm

Tasmania Mon 11-Mar-13 00:56:12

Talkinpeace Why write on this thread when you've got nothing to add? It's obvious you don't like prep schools. Period. To be honest, as someone who is not a teacher, but works in the private sector... my salary gets paid by clients, too. And yes, I feel I have a duty to uphold, and that I'm "serving" those clients. Why should teachers be treated any different? Also, there are loads of threads here about private schools. Are you planning to show up in each to spread your propaganda?

OP - Henley is not too far from Didcot with a car (or bus!). They have Rupert House and St. Mary's Henley. And obviously, up towards Abingdon and Oxford, there are the usual suspects - some of which were mentioned on here - for a girl, this would be: Headington, Dragon, OHS Junior, OLA Junior, The Manor and (if you are willing to go as far as High Wycombe). There are also a few just down the A34 in Newbury, and towards Reading, there's St Andrew's Pangbourne.

Good luck!

Tasmania Mon 11-Mar-13 00:58:24

The one in High Wycombe... Not sure why it has vanished from the post above is Godstowe.

1805 Mon 11-Mar-13 19:06:35

Oh St Andrews in Pangbourne - dh works there and thinks it's great. Don't know about bursaries there though.
There are dc at The Manor who travel up from Newbury every day hmm so maybe Didcot to Pangborne might be do-able??

Tasmania Mon 11-Mar-13 19:40:58

The one thing about the Didcot to Pangbourne route though is that although the route is wonderfully picturesque... it took us forever to get there on small country lanes. That might have just been my Satnav though, which seems to have a penchant for taking me around the prettiest routes anywhere - and not the fastest (it obviously thinks I'm a tourist)! Getting back from Pangbourne, we nearly got stuck in a field! blush

1805 Mon 11-Mar-13 20:00:10

Yes - I think dh goes cross country but not via Didcot. I once went down the A34 then got lost trying to get to St Andrew's. Maybe it's just us Tasmania!!!!

mistlethrush Mon 11-Mar-13 20:56:48

Didcot to Pangbourne.... Take the Hagbourne Road, past East Hagbourne and on towards Blewbury. When you reach the outskirts of Blewbury you come to a main road at a T junction - turn left on the main Wantage road (away from Wantage) towards Goring and Streatley. Lots of ups and downs. T junction as you come into Streatley - right. Straight over at Streatley lights - this is the Pangbourne Road and takes you straight to Pangbourne.

There is, or at least used to be, a bus from Didcot to the Manor.

1805 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:39:59

I think The Manor has an Open Day this wednesday morning. Are you still with us OP?

Tasmania Mon 11-Mar-13 21:59:59

1805 - this must be the reason Pangbourne still looks like a pretty little village despite being very near Reading... nobody can find the place!!! St. Andrews does look fab. Do you send your DCs there, given your DH works there?

1805 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:37:10

No - although we have considered it. We decided it was too far a journey every day for dc. We considered moving closer at one point because dh liked it so much but we are still here and managed to get bursaries for dc at other preps closer to home. DH only works there 2 days a week.

plainjayne123 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:48:37

The Manor looks great and we have some first hand experience of it.

mrsshackleton Tue 12-Mar-13 14:12:08

St Andrew's is an amazing school

withep Wed 10-Apr-13 15:30:13

Please be careful if you are deciding on any of the schools under the Cothill Trust umbrella.
We are a small independent school in Brighton that was aquired by the Cothill Trust, which took over the running of the school in Sept 2012.

They have now decided to close the school and sell off the assets, leaving 150 children to find alternative arrangements and they are not helping in the search for new schools. The reason for this is that the cothill trust is not viable anymore and the schools under the Cothill Trust banner are hanging on by a thread - it looks as though other schools within the trust could be up for closure in the not to distant future.

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