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Secondary School for DD - SE London/Forest Hill

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Jojosamba Tue 24-Oct-17 12:31:05

It's that time of year again, parents tearing their hair out over which school to send their precious children to smile
This year it's my turn and though I've chosen my schools, I'm now struggling with the order of preference.
I wonder if any parents would be kind enough to share their experiences/opinions regarding the following schools:

Harris Girls East Dulwich
Kingsdale Foundation
Sydenham Girls
Coloma Convent
Bonus Pastor

Please let me know what you think in terms of curriculum, music and sports opportunities, school trips (residential or not), pastoral care, language teaching, staff turnover etc. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated!
DD has a very good chance of getting a place at Sydenham based on distance, Bonus on 'catholicity'. Coloma is a big 'if' as they also take distance into account - in terms of catholic practice she'd be in their top category. Harris ED and Kingsdale are a question of pure luck and there doesn't seem to be much a of consensus as to their reputation. I really don't know what to do... Help, please!

RicStar Tue 24-Oct-17 12:38:46

No recent experience but bonus pastor also takes distance in to account afaik and certainly back in my day ok a long time ago(!) The distance was very tight.

Jojosamba Tue 24-Oct-17 13:03:54

Yes I understand they do, RicStar, and they'll probably be more oversubscribed since they've gone from good to outstanding fairly recently. It's not one of my first options.
I'm particularly interested in hearing about Harris as I was quite impressed with it when I visited, but have since heard some negative things about it, especially about the behaviour of students.
As for the catholic options, I'd really like to hear from parents as to the content of their RE lessons and how they approach sensitive subjects such as abortion, homosexuality, sex in general etc.

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