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mummy54321 Sun 28-Feb-16 12:17:24

Hello,

We have recently moved to Newton Mearns and are in the catchment for Saint Cadoc's which feeds into Saint Ninian's High School which has got a good name. Just wondered if anyone had any personal experience of these schools - both primary and secondary? Just wondering in terms of internal politics, diversity and fairness. We are from abroad and many of my family (myself included) went to catholic schools so I would actually quite like to send my kids there but have heard conflicting accounts of pupil experiences in denominational schools although I would encourage my kids to participate fully and not exclude them from any activities.

My husband is keen on going private but as private schools are eye-wateringly expensive I am less keen on this when we have perfectly good schools (both denominational and non-denominational) in our area.

Any opinions/personal accounts would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Sun 28-Feb-16 21:46:32

I'd request this to get moved over to Scotsnet (on the Other Subjects board) where all the Scottish people will get a chance to spot this!

Fwiw, all schools whether dom or non dom in East Ren do really well so you can't go far wrong. A lot of people in Glasgow who cannot afford Private schooling move out to East Ren for the schools which speaks volumes.

prettybird Tue 01-Mar-16 09:02:14

I agree with Troll - the fact that people move out to East Ren for the schools (and St Ninians in particular) speaks volumes.

Having said that, I know someone whose 15 year old ds is there and she has a few wee niggles, like the lack of support for time taken for music/drama activities (despite being encouraged by the school to do them, getting into trouble from the other subject teachers) and the fact that Parents Nights are only with one teacher, who collates the reports from all the other teachers and then feeds them back as one (especially as in her ds' case, that teacher was the one who her ds didn't get on with and who really resented all her ds' drama activities hmm)

But there again, no school is perfect - there will always be a few wee niggles.

Interestingly, the headteacher at ds' school (within Glasgow) said she'd been under pressure to move towards the "single teacher" parent evening but has chosen not to, for exactly the issue that my friend has come across. Also ds (who is sporty) has also had to take time out of other classes for sports events and has never been penalised for it.

seb1 Tue 01-Mar-16 09:10:11

What schools are you non-denominational Crookfur or Mearns Primary - Eastwood or Mearns Castle?

mummy54321 Tue 01-Mar-16 12:15:15

Thanks everyone, very helpful comments.

Our non-denom school is Croofur going to Eastwood High

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