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hel110 Sun 04-Mar-18 11:57:06

Hi We are looking for an independent school for our daughter to start in September (reception). We’ve looked at Wakefield girls and Silcoates but are finding it difficult to make a decision! Academically we liked what Wakefield girls offered but am concerned it’s an all girl school and could be pressurised. Silcoates on the other hand, we liked the inclusive community feel. Liked that they looked at more than academic. However my concern is this may be at the cost of a good academic education! As you can tell am confused so would appreciate any experience people may have had with either schools - thanks

InvisibleUnicorn Mon 12-Mar-18 11:47:07

Does it have to be in Wakefield? I'd go further out and get the best of both worlds.
Good academics and someone that cares about the whole child.
I'd widen the search.

SisterNotCis Mon 12-Mar-18 14:53:39

A relative was looking at schools in W Yorks recently. When relative chose a different school DS weighed in with he hadn't found Silcoates very sportsmanlike on the pitch in a recent match. Just one story !

InvisibleUnicorn Mon 12-Mar-18 15:30:01

@SisterNotCis they weren't 30 years ago either 😆 I didn't say so as thought it was outdated, but it's interesting that that's still the case now. It must be ingrained culture 😔

OP I'd look for a school with a better ingrained culture.

Hoppinggreen Mon 12-Mar-18 19:43:31

How far are you from Huddersfield?
Huddersfield Grammar School is excellent and confusingly NOT selective

Hoppinggreen Mon 12-Mar-18 19:45:13

Sorry, pressed too soon
I know a couple of parents who transferred from Silcoates due to concerns about a Pastoral care and one from Wakefield who felt single sex dudntbduit their child

ApplesTheHare Mon 12-Mar-18 19:47:51

Funnily enough I thought this thread would be about Wakefield Independent School itself. It's independent, mixed and doesn't seem as pressurised as some of the other schools. DD loves it and it's gorgeous tucked away on the Nostell Priory estate.

LoniceraJaponica Mon 12-Mar-18 19:53:48

I have friends with children at WGHS and Silcoates. Both sets of parents are happy.

However, Silcoates is less academic and they don't offer double or triple science at GCSE. They do the separate sciences so if your daughter only chooses, say physics and biology she would be at a disadvantage doing biology A level as there is quite a lot of chemistry content. This means that if she wants to go to 6th form elsewhere she wouldn't be allowed to do biology because everywhere else covers chemistry in the double or triple science syllabus, and it is a requirement if she wanted to go to Greenhead for example.

The 6th form at WGHS isn't that good. Most of the students leave and go to Greenhead as it is one of the best 6th form colleges in the country and gets better results than all of the independent schools in Wakefield - and it is free.

hel110 Mon 12-Mar-18 20:16:17

Thanks all, I would prefer Wakefield as I work either at home or in Leeds so it would fit into our routine. We have considered Leeds Grammar but didn’t get a good feeling. Wakefield Independent and Ackworth are both good schools but not really workable when considering dropping her off and getting too/from work.

ApplesTheHare Mon 12-Mar-18 22:03:30

Yeah if you're working over in Leeds travelling to and from WIS or Ackworth would be hellish. Good luck finding the right school for your DD.

InvisibleUnicorn Mon 12-Mar-18 22:47:04

@hel110 I'd go back and have another look at Leeds Grammar. From a professional perspective I am super impressed with what they are doing at the moment.
I don't live anywhere near there or it would be a consideration for me!

SisterNotCis Tue 13-Mar-18 09:37:37

Like InvisibleUncorn, our relatives were impressed with GSAL & that's where they have plumped for. They were keen for good pastoral to be part of the picture. DS plays matches there and seems friendly when wandering lost looking for furthest pitches.

blackeyes72 Tue 13-Mar-18 16:44:00

Another vote for gsal out of all the ones you mentioned here... I know people with children at all of them.

hel110 Tue 13-Mar-18 22:50:06

That’s all, I’ll have another look at Leeds although I’ve had a few friends with issues there. Many thanks for your comments

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