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Arty3542 Mon 19-Sep-16 14:57:18

Hello!

We're moving from the States and wondering if anyone knows about St Mary's School in Hampstead. How is the school compared to other independent schools?

Thank you in advance!

Arty3542 Sat 01-Oct-16 14:44:29

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fittedcupboard Tue 04-Oct-16 11:51:18

That's a primary isn't it? you might get more info on the primary education forum.

WingingIt79 Wed 05-Oct-16 14:48:36

We very nearly sent DD1 to this school. I loved the old head, the general vibe on touring, and also the fact the exit results at 11+ were pretty strong despite not being one of the favoured selective schools in the area. We ended up choosing a school closer to us for convenience, but a teeny tiny bit of me is still a little sad DD1 doesn't go there. I would be interested to hear from others about the new headteacher. Good luck!

Arty3542 Wed 05-Oct-16 19:25:26

Thank you!!

Why isn't it a "favoured selective school"?

WingingIt79 Wed 05-Oct-16 20:34:05

A number of schools in the area base 4+ entry on a formal assessment process. If you search these education forums you'll stumble across some of the madness surrounding these assessments. Some even tutor their 3 year olds! St Mary's does not assess, yet still a good number of their girls go on to some of the most selective secondary schools in north London. Also I imagine it is less favoured by a good number due to it being a catholic school. I hope this helps.

airingcupboard Thu 06-Oct-16 11:03:32

St Mary's does not assess, yet still a good number of their girls go on to some of the most selective secondary schools in north London.

much of this is likely to be down to parental tutoring though

WingingIt79 Thu 06-Oct-16 20:26:09

True, although I am sure tutoring goes on at almost all the north London preps!

airingcupboard Thu 06-Oct-16 21:42:42

Yes definitely

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