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Port Regis or Clayesmore please help!

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ZaraTurn Thu 03-Aug-17 13:02:52

We are soon relocating back to the UK, plan to live around Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum Area, Children will start Nursery and Form 2, we have narrowed down our school search to port Regis and Clayesmore. We have visited Clayesmore, and found it lovely, although lacking the go get it feel...the energy,, have not visited Port Regis yet, as they were not available for a walk around during the holidays..please please advice. Is it full of snobs? is it heavy on boarders and do day students (our children will be day students) feel out numbered?
Thanks would appreciate any advice.

salsamummy Thu 03-Aug-17 14:14:04

Port Regis has a very good reputation and talking to a very "normal" mum whose children go there said there are a mix of parents. Clayesmore less snobby but not so academic or so I have heard.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Thu 10-Aug-17 17:14:53

If you lived west of Shaftesbury you could reach Sherborne Prep. I would say it is a middle ground between Clayesmore and Port Regis. More pupils per year group and more academic focus than Clayesmore. Vibrant, busy feel while retaining the good things about a non-selective, country prep. Less slick and glamorous than Port Regis, probably quite a few more 15 year old estate cars in the car park.

salsamummy Thu 10-Aug-17 23:27:32

Sherborne prep is a great school. My children go there. Fairly snobby and cliquey in my opinion though thankfully I don't get involved.

Schoolsearch2015 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:23:17

Hi, I can give you some first hand feedback on Port Regis. Our son started there in September 2016 and we have been nothing but impressed. I can honestly say that it is not all snobby. We too have visited Clayesmore and Port Regis. I liked Clayesmore but Port Regis is just a few steps ahead ...... it's a beautiful school amazing facilities (even better than a lot of senior schools), generally a more polished school, really really nurturing / excellent pastoral care, a real mix of local and non-local and overseas children. Just a lovely welcoming atmosphere, has a relaxed feel, teachers are fantastic, food is superb (apparently!), lots and lots of really good extra curricular activites. The new headmaster is fabulous - really really like him and he's very well liked. Very open on boarding, day children can board on a flexible basis I believe. We couldn't be happier and our son is very happy there - as are all the children we've come across. I wouldn't call Port Regis "glamourous" at all - it's just a lovely school that happens to have some top notch facilities. I wouldn't say it's heavy on boarders - there is a good mix. I went to my first speech day and I must say I was hard pressed to find a "flash car"!!!! I bet you couldn't say that about some other schools. All very normal and not flashy at all in my opinion.

Schoolsearch2015 Tue 19-Sep-17 16:25:47

Hi, I can give you some first hand feedback on Port Regis. Our son started there as a boarder in September 2016 and we have been nothing but impressed. I can honestly say that it is not all snobby. We too have visited Clayesmore and Port Regis. I liked Clayesmore but Port Regis is just a few steps ahead ...... it's a beautiful school with amazing facilities (even better than a lot of senior schools), good learning support, but generally a more polished school but not "flash" or pretentious, really really nurturing, really excellent pastoral care, a real mix of local and non-local and overseas children. Just a lovely welcoming atmosphere, has a relaxed feel, teachers are fantastic, food is superb (apparently!), lots and lots of really good extra curricular activites. The new headmaster is fabulous - really really like him and he's very well liked. Very open on boarding, day children can board on a flexible basis I believe. We couldn't be happier and our son is very happy there - as are all the children we've come across. I wouldn't call Port Regis "glamourous" at all - it's just a lovely school that happens to have some top notch facilities. I wouldn't say it's heavy on boarders - there is a good mix. I went to my first speech day and I must say I was hard pressed to find a "flash car"!!!! I bet you couldn't say that about some other schools. All very normal and not flashy at all in my opinion. Day and boarding children mix well - I have not noticed any segregation at all.

Hayesking Tue 19-Sep-17 16:26:22

Port regis is very moneyed. Clayesmore doesn't have a very academic reputation but thats probably fine for prep. Sherborne Prep is much improved. Perrott Hill is fab.

Hayesking Tue 19-Sep-17 16:28:11

I went to my first speech day and I must say I was hard pressed to find a "flash car"!!!!

If you don't find land-rover discoveries and vw golfs flash. It's ridiculous to paint port regis as normal. A few years ago it was awash with Russians.

Hayesking Tue 19-Sep-17 16:28:43

Sandroyd also in your area and hanford for girls.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Tue 19-Sep-17 18:45:36

This is a zombie thread. Schoolsearch2015 is systematically pulling up all threads mentioning Port Regis today in order to extol it's virtues.

Hayesking Tue 19-Sep-17 20:01:51

Ha! Glad I could pop that little bubble then.

Anniec79 Sat 07-Oct-17 05:50:43

A second for Perrott Hill! They've just relaunched their website and made an ace video of the school - perrotthill.com. I have two children there and have found it to be very happy and buzzy, a good feel.

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