Reigate Grammar School(6 Posts)
My DS has been offered a place for 11+ entry in Sept. We were impressed by the open day and the academics seem strong plus the school has won numerous awards. Just wanting to hear from any current parents who have a DC at the school on their experience of it - how intense is it, is it seen as a hot house (read a bad review to this effect) and how nurturing are they (they look and sound the part) but think this is more down to excellent marketing. Any insights would be hugely appreciated
I know some that go to Reigate and started last year. Definitely not a hot house, one DS is actually finding it very easy (he was at prep school and found that environment much tougher). So don't be put off by the odd comment, your gut feel is generally right. I had the same fears about RGS Guildford from all I had heard, it is no where near the way it was portrayed.
Thanks sazzy5. Yes agree, my gut feeling is that it ticks all the right boxes so think I'm going to accept the offer. Sometimes its just the fear of the unknown!. Glad to hear your DS is thriving at RGS Guildford, despite being our closest school we just felt it wasnt right for our DS but we know many friends whose DS are loving it despite the myths.
We know people there. They seem very happy and mention lots of sport, drama, other clubs and sound like they are getting on with their work and doing well but tend to mention the other stuff, not lessons....but don’t all kids. One friend has a kid choosing GCSEs at moment and they said they like the fact that after all the standard subjects there is free choice and flexibility to change minds rather than very rigid system. So far their kids haven’t found the work stressful but these things ramp up once on exam courses in all schools. It sounds like it’s harder to get into each year but perhaps that’s marketing.
What are your alternative options? Are you local? Sounds like some travel quite a long way to get there. In terms of exam results I think you’d be hard pressed to find better locally, but St Bede’s is a great Comp and lots are happy with that too and it seems to do well for its big intake of able students, as well as the others too.
Hi Magic Mum,
Would love to hear about your experience now your DC has started at Reigate? Our DD loves it based on one visit but I am worrying about the "exam factory" reputation. She hates homework and would rather be playing sport 24/7!
He loves it! The school really does make an effort to make them feel they're part of a family. They are given a buddy and a six form Mentor whom he meets once a week to help get to grips with everything. The school is very nurturing, so far I am very impressed although it is still early days. The new starters have only just started to get homework this week so it will be interesting to see if he is still fond of the school by Friday 😆 (he also hates homework!). Lots of focus on sports and sporting clubs from the onset though if you daughter does decide it's the right school.
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