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LEH or Godolphin & Latymer

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blueskies123 Tue 16-Feb-16 18:36:58

My dd went through the 11+ this January and has offers from two of our top choices - LEH and G&L. We love both schools and live in SWLondon so can get to both (although LEH is easier because we are on the school bus route, whereas would have to rely on public transport for G&L). Dd is very academic but enjoys sport, drama etc. Would be grateful for feedback in terms of academic strength/culture and ethos/ etc for each for these schools. Thanks!!

Schoolhysteria Tue 16-Feb-16 20:14:28

I would choose the one with the easiest journey - don't underestimate the importance of this.
(You may get a better response to your query if you post it in "Secondary Education").

HappyDads Fri 19-Feb-16 00:06:52

These were definitely the SW London two girls schools we liked the most (along with SPGS I admit - but our daughter wasn't so keen!) and felt matched her ability.

I'd agree there is nothing between them so go with whichever one is easier to get too unless she has an amazing ability in something one of the schools specializes in?

As you asked, I had the impression that G&L is stronger in arts and drama and a bit more citified. LEH is pretty renowned for sports, e.g. the amazing rowing club shared with Hampton in Sunbury.

SWLondonGirl Fri 19-Feb-16 07:11:31

I can't comment on G&L but have a daughter at LEH and would echo the comments above regarding choosing the one with the easiest journey as they are both excellent schools with so much to offer.

The sport at LEH is extensive and refreshingly inclusive in the early years of the senior school (with considerable movement between teams). Any girl, irrelevant of level and experience, can attend training and there are numerous teams (A-F for netball in my dd's year for example) with fixtures for all teams. There are a large number of different sports clubs available which make use of the extensive facilities at the school.

Music also has a very high profile in the school and is open to all. There are so many different groups and ensembles catering for all levels and the girls play an amazingly diverse range of instruments. The regular concerts showcase the girls talents beautifully and highlight just how extensive and inclusive the music at the school is. The standard at the upper end is tremendously high.

Drama is of a very high standard too, there is always something going on with regular auditions for the many roles available.

My dd really couldn't be happier at school. She is incredibly busy but organises her time well. The academic standard is high but not pressured and is completely manageable. We really are delighted with the school and all that it offers, but I am sure your dd would be happy and thrive at either school. Good luck with your decision making!

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