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London Sixth form college for DD - help please

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MiddleAgedMother Fri 29-Jan-16 22:31:57

My DD left her boarding school due to an eating disorder and we are now looking at Sixth form college in London.
Despite hiccups and lost time, DD would still love to go to Cambridge.
Looking at MPW, Collingham, DLD and Ashbourne.
Has anyone got any experience of these colleges both for pastoral care and academics.
We've looked at all of them and finding it difficult to work out the best fit.

3littlefrogs Fri 29-Jan-16 22:39:22

Does it have to be central London?

MiddleAgedMother Fri 29-Jan-16 22:44:10

No. Just commutable.
Any other suggestions would be great.

3littlefrogs Fri 29-Jan-16 23:08:33

I have messaged you.

AgonyBeetle Sat 30-Jan-16 00:01:43

Woodhouse College in Barnet? State, but can recommend, assuming you're looking at a standard entry point.

Otherwise I know someone whose dd left a selective N. London girls' school because of MH issues, and joined Brampton College in Hendon for sixth form, which is a private N London sixth form college. Meant to have v good pastoral care and academic results.

MiddleAgedMother Sat 30-Jan-16 00:02:55

Thanks for that. Looking for a start at Easter.
Will look at those too.

MiddleAgedMother Sat 30-Jan-16 07:42:39

Bumping this in hope of more answers - anyone got experience of DLD, MPW, Collingham or Ashbourne Colleges in London?

Devilishpyjamas Sat 30-Jan-16 07:49:06

I used to work for a central London tutorial college. They're not really big on pastoral care tbh. Or they weren't. It was all about exam results.

Devilishpyjamas Sat 30-Jan-16 07:51:04

However, you are treated more as an adult than school, so fewer pointless rules etc & staff/student relationships tend to be friendlier - less of a divide, more of a case of working together to get the results.

MiddleAgedMother Sat 30-Jan-16 07:59:57

Thanks Devillish pjs.
What are the students like - DD needs to get into friendly supportive environment focused on work without cliquey girl nonsense so hoping for a more adult approach?

jeanne16 Sat 30-Jan-16 08:24:49

I have 2 friends whose DCs both went to Collingham after missing lots of school because of serious eating disorders at their London Independents ( at different times). Both did well there. A lot of the pupils there have had issues at previous schools and they said the Head had seen it all before. Both were allowed to bring their own packed lunch to school but could still eat in the canteen with others.

They are treated more like adults and are allowed to come in just for their lessons which they liked.

Devilishpyjamas Sat 30-Jan-16 09:00:14

I liked the students. Probably less cliquey than school because they're all new together. It's definitely a more adult vibe than school in a tutorial college (ours was all first names, presume the others are the same).

MiddleAgedMother Sat 30-Jan-16 21:43:30

Thanks PJs (can I call you that?) - v hopeful.

Jeanne - that's so good to hear.

Thanks both.

MiddleAgedMother Sun 31-Jan-16 17:17:55

Does anyone else have experience of these colleges?

Would appreciate any feedback.

MiddleAgedMother Mon 01-Feb-16 23:23:38


horsemadmom Tue 02-Feb-16 07:51:36

I know lots of happy Brampton people. 1 left boarding school due to bullying, 2 who didn't do as well as hoped at AS and wanted to restart and 1 who wanted to do a subject not offered at her indie and a few others who left a particular comp to have smaller tutorial groups and more independence.
They seem to get very good results.

2014examfever Tue 02-Feb-16 12:47:56

DS has just started in January at David Game College in Notting Hill Gate in an 18month A Level program, he has had some anxiety issues with schooling in the past, like someone said further up the topic, they have seen it all before and he has been taken under the wing of one of the tutors there. So far so good. Still have teenage migraines in the mornings, but he is at least attending school and not refusing to go as he did in his previous sixth form last term. He is much, much happier.

MiddleAgedMother Wed 03-Feb-16 21:43:22

Thanks Horsemad and 2014.
Good to hear positive things.

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