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Looking for state and independent schools around Brighton for Year 6 son

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user1474286818 Thu 22-Sep-16 14:34:31

Hi, I'm looking at all options for my Year 6 son for next year. I'm close to Brighton and prepared for him to travel for the right school. He's been in state so far but I'm seriously considering independent - mixed preferably. He's pretty academic and also loves his sports. Any advice on where I should be looking really welcome.

HenfieldHen Thu 22-Sep-16 16:13:00

Hi, I'm looking at all options for my Year 6 son for next year. I'm close to Brighton and prepared for him to travel for the right school. He's been in state so far but I'm seriously considering independent - mixed preferably. He's pretty academic and also loves his sports. Any advice on where I should be looking really welcome.

LIZS Thu 22-Sep-16 16:15:24

Brighton College is the most obvious, but Lancing and Ardingly also worth a look.

Leeds2 Thu 22-Sep-16 19:10:17

No personal knowledge, but a friend's DS left Brighton College this year and were very happy with it. He didn't start until Year 9 though (I think).

Aldwickfamilyhouse Fri 23-Sep-16 14:58:07

If you're happy to look at state schools then friends' DS and DD go to Shoreham Academy. The new Bohunt Academy in Worthing is also getting a good reputation I think.

HenfieldHen Sat 24-Sep-16 08:38:05

Thanks for your input. Have also heard good things about the Bohunt Academy. Really helpful. I'm wondering if anyone has any knowledge of Our Lady of Sion in Worthing up the road from Bohunt - it seems to have reasonable fees for a independent school.

BizzyFizzy Sat 24-Sep-16 08:38:54


LIZS Sat 24-Sep-16 09:03:37

Hurst and Our Lady wouldn't be perceived as academic though.

HenfieldHen Sun 25-Sep-16 20:37:14

Surprised by that. Which secondary / senior schools would be perceived as academic around this part of Sussex?

BizzyFizzy Mon 26-Sep-16 05:55:31

Hurstpierpoint is only one notch below Brighton College.

HenfieldHen Mon 26-Sep-16 13:30:43

I heard that Hurst is well-regarded but it is expensive. It would be great to know more about schools which people think are good academically and affordable towards Steyning, Worthing because that's closer to my place of work. Any more thoughts on Our Lady of Sion for example?

Brightonhome Mon 26-Sep-16 15:34:32

Isn't there a Steyning Grammar school? My DD is at Brighton College and is flourishing there, so if you want to know anything in particular, just ask smile

LIZS Mon 26-Sep-16 15:36:22

If he's already y6 you need to get your skates on , go to open days and register for the relevant entrance tests. Some will take place later this term.

HPFA Mon 26-Sep-16 15:43:25

There is a Steyning Grammar but despite the name it's actually a comp. Don't know it personally but results look good - 399 (A-) average GCSE score for High Achievers - Kent grammars average is 404. So results for bright children in line with grammars.

LIZS Mon 26-Sep-16 15:52:33

Also consider whether you want A level and/or IB options in 6th form

HenfieldHen Mon 26-Sep-16 15:59:15

Thanks have heard of Steyning Grammar and will probably be on our list. I know lots of parents want to get their children into Brighton College and while I'd hope my DS would be ok I know it's really competitive so want to hedge my bets. Brightonhome - any views on where parents who don't get Brighton College go? I'm aware it's all a bit late so trying to draw up the best short list I can, and like I said have been in state so far so this is all a bit new! Thanks

Aldwickfamilyhouse Mon 26-Sep-16 16:06:17

Our Lady of Sion definitely more reasonable fees than some of the others. Results not bad - for example if he's a high-achiever 92 per cent of their kids got A* to A in all their GCSEs this year. Would you consider boarding? Lancing also gets good results. Don't know any children at either school though so just based on what they publish on their websites. Open events are well underway I think so maybe just get to as many as you can? Hope that helps

Brightonhome Mon 26-Sep-16 16:25:21

The kids who didn't go to BC all went to other independent schools. Most went to Bedes, a non-selective, a couple to Lancing on scholarships, and a few left at the end of their Y6 to go to Roedean and Hurst. Hurst is much more selective than it used to be.

Brightonhome Mon 26-Sep-16 16:32:29

My DD went to Brighton College Prep School btw. There are a few state school kids who joined BC into their lower school (not part of Prep, but on the senior campus) for Years 7&8. They all join up in BC Y9 (forth form).

Brightonhome Mon 26-Sep-16 16:51:30

*fourth sad

HenfieldHen Tue 27-Sep-16 12:12:20

Thanks Brightonhome - do you know which LOCAL state schools children are going to before joining BC? I am interested because I am sure that the getting through entrance exams is hard without the support Prep Schools can offer.

derektheladyhamster Tue 27-Sep-16 22:11:06

You'd be looking at yr 7.. Majority of kids in 3rd form (yrs 7 & 8) are from the various local state schools. There's no particular school which sends them. The prep school kids join the senior school in yr 9

MABS Thu 29-Sep-16 13:50:44

Hurst is very selective and academic now i promise. Brighton College brilliant of course.
Steyning Grammar very good, big comp school, but you cant really compare to the independents.

HenfieldHen Thu 29-Sep-16 14:18:17

Thank you for all your help! Hurst is a bit out of my price rang so planning on heading to Our Lady of Sion's parents evening tonight and will go to Steyning Grammar asap. Anymore feedback on these schools would be great!

Brightonhome Fri 30-Sep-16 10:07:42

As for which local schools feed BC lower school, well it's a mixture. The choice of private after state is not the usual route, and it is risky if you've got your heart set on it because they may not get in. Not all the Prep kids go, but their parents are already aware of their kids' limitations and have the choice to apply elsewhere. The state kids do not do the same exams as the Prep kids because they are two years younger. VR and NVR tests are used as well as interviews (just have opinions and smile) Obviously English and Maths need to be good. As for cost, there are bursaries available based on income, not house price. You could get maybe a term's worth off your bill at the very most, but even with that, you're still looking at £15kpa at Y9, plus £800 uniform, £1.5k deposit, plus school trips (the food is included in the bill) Different schools have differing bursary pots and policies. Scholarships are available too, but they are small compared to some other schools.The only way to get a clear idea is to set up a personal meeting with admissions and the bursar.
Don't be put off by BC's formidable reputation, it's a friendly place, full of happy kids.

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