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lumpasmelly Tue 22-Jun-10 15:10:08

Just wondering if anyone out there had any information on this school?...My husband and I had a tour yesterday and were very impressed by the teachers, students and came across as a very well rounded school with plenty of opportunities to try things out and discover your childs talents. I was also quite impressed with the fact that they were able to stream the kids into up to seven streams in english, math and science (as opposed to just three which can sometimes lead to labeling i.e. clever, average and stupid!!!)

However, we have heard some negative comments about the school - i.e. it's too cold and pushy, the parents are all super rich or footballers and therefore a nightmare etc. Keen to know if this is just rumour or if there is any truth in it all!

We have three children - DS1 (6), DS2 (3) and DD1 (2 months). DS1 is currently at Parkside which is lovely and he is happy there despite it being a very sporty school and him not being particularly sporty...if we had had just boys I would have been happy to keep them all at Parkside, but now we have a girl, the logistics of the school runs and holidays are going to be very tricky and to be honest, I really want them all together.....I am also not too keen on all girls schools (having been to one myself, I know how bitchy they can get and feel that having boys around can dilute it a bit). I'm very torn about moving DS1 from Parkside as we like the school and have made lots of friends but I need to do what it right for all of them. If we move DS1 at the end of pre -pre, it is a natural transition point and he won't be the only new boy at a new school - DS2 and DD1 can then start there from the very beginning.

Any thoughts on Danes Hill would be much appreciated. I would hate to put DS1 through all the upheaval to discover I have made the wrong choice! BTW, DS1 and DS2 are very outgoing, and I expect DD1 will be I know personality is a big factor when choosing schools!

user1484751826 Wed 18-Jan-17 15:17:07

My Son has been at Danes Hill for two years and is now in Year 7. He suffered some bullying, but not the sort of bullying that was big in the 70s when I went to school - just a bit of name calling, really. Max felt able to report it himself and the matter was dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

I'm a big fan of Danes Hill, and the opportunities it affords. It's a big school, with 120 children per year, and this affords terrific economies of scale. I can't, for example, think of smaller schools having sufficient resources to run such things as stop-motion animation clubs. I also find the other parents to be mot pleasant, as indeed are the staff.

Dox1980 Thu 07-Jan-16 09:01:58

Awful, awful school!! Rumours of hot housing and bulling are rife, everyone in the area seems to know someone with an unpleasant story about the school. I know of someone's daughter who goes there and had a friend over for a play date. The play date commented on how small her house was and how shocked she was that her bedroom wasn't bigger! This is the kind of awful attitude that this school breeds. If you drive a black Range Rover, have an attitude and think you are better than everyone else and you want your child to turn out like this, then this is the school for you. If you are a decent human being who wants the best for your child then somewhere else is probably best.

Honestandtrue99 Sat 25-Apr-15 16:40:04

I made an application under the data protection act 1998 for information on my child (under 10 y/o).

I was refused point blank by staff and this decision was supported in full by Mr Willie Murdock the school's headteacher. I was told that if I had an issue with the decision to get the Information Commissioners Office to contact the school directly.

I contacted the ICO and it was confirmed that as a parent with Parental Responsibility, considering my child's age etc and under the DPA 1998, that I was entitled to the information.

It may be that the school are behaving unnecessarily and I wonder if there is any clarification or confirmation as to my rights here as a parent with Parental Responsibility?

Thank you...

I do NOT recommend this school for the above and other reasons best left off of here and would strongly advise anyone considering this school to avoid it like the plague considering my unfortunate experiences. Are there any other good schools locally with more reasonable and supportive senior staff?

freddiemum Tue 08-Apr-14 21:32:55

Hmm...that does not match what the school told me when we finally met to talk about what had happened on the taster day. Apparently he fidgeted a lot (which I can believe), although - they said - the other kids were pretty unconcerned by his demeanour. If they had handled the assessment process with courtesy, I would not have speculated as to why they were so very rude. So, "William1968", either the school has given me a fantasy version of the taster day, or you are its PR department ghosting on this thread. Don't cross the streams sweetie xxx

dombliss Thu 20-Mar-14 12:59:32

I too would like to know about the academic culture of Danes Hill?? DS is very capable but not academic. Responds well but has dyslexia...Could he get railroaded??? Is there provision for dyslexia (although he is confident and very good at football and rugby ;)

A12345678910 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:49:05

Hi, I am looking for some advice on this school. I just wondered if there is anyone out there who's children currently go there and who can provide information on the the teachers and school and how strict they are. My boy would be the youngest in the class and I think he is a bit behind in his reading levels. I want him to get the help he needs at the school to improve but I do not want it to be so academically driven that he is pushed too much and begin to hate school. Is there a lot of homework and pressure on kids to preform?

William1968 Sun 16-Mar-14 21:08:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

freddiemum Tue 25-Feb-14 18:34:29

Hideous place: pretentious, overpriced, lacking in any warmth. They did not even bother sending a letter or calling to let us know that my six-year-old had not been offered a place. After a month passed, I called and received an entirely non-apologetic reply: they openly disliked our son ("quite a larger than life personality") in the feedback given, and mentioned that we were "perhaps rather an intellectual family, not from around here". And there was I thinking golf-club quotas on my ethnic group were a thing of the past. So if you like your children's friends to be WASP, dim and comfortably docile, put it on the top of your list. I pity them.

sarah00001234 Tue 04-Feb-14 22:17:35


aussiemum13 Wed 11-Dec-13 03:24:47

I joined this forum just to add my opinion on Danes Hill. Bear in mind that i went there from 2-12 but i am now in my early thirties so things may have changed in this time!
My two older brothers and I went to Danes Hill from very young until Common Entrance. We had nothing but the best experience at the school, brilliant teachers, facilities and a very nuturing and fun school. We all did very well at CE (in fact we ALL got scholarships to extremely good secondary schools) and had no issue with bullying or anything of the type. All private schools have a mix of parents but i wouldnt say it was a particularly rich school - my parents were just hard working and put all their money into schooling for their children. By the way, as three kids go we were all extrememly different and had very different strengths.
i wouldnt believe the statements of 'arrogance' from other posters - go and see the school for yourself. I wouldnt hesitate to send my kids there - regardless of personalities or strengths the school really caters for all types (at least it did whilst i was there). I have nothing but brilliant memories from Danes Hill - 100% loved it.

LouisSurrey Sat 09-Nov-13 16:33:46

The School is quite arrogant, hence the newly arrived "Outstanding in Everything" permanent signs that have just been placed outside the School on the Main road. Most parents that don't have children at Danes Hill are laughing at the sign but it really does sum them up. I think they do produce extremely confident children who genuinely believe they are "Outstanding in Everything" let's hope that proves to be the case.

Benjamin1 Tue 10-Sep-13 14:51:45

As a mother who has had 3 children pass through Danes Hill I write as I found. I am not one of the 'super rich', not something you need to be i might add to be at Danes Hill. We are a hardworking couple who just wanted a good school for our children and we looked at many before deciding on Danes Hill. As another mother previously said you will be hard pushed to find a private school in Surrey that doesn't have a large band of very wealthy parents...and this in no way should detract from what the school is all about and how good or bad it is !
Danes Hill is a wonderful school. All my children (who are all very different I might add) thrived at the school. Maybe not for the shrinking violet if i'm totally honest but even children who I have seen arrive shy have blossomed quickly into very confident very happy children, who want to contribute and enjoy all the school has to offer.
I feel very lucky to have found Danes Hill. It is a wonderful environment in which to learn and succeed . There is something for every child and a true indication of how good the school is, is to watch how your child grows through the years and then leave to their senior schools with an
amazing sense of ambition and confidence. The scholarships gained to an amazing array of senior schools is incredible and the levels attained at common entrance is very very impressive. But even more importantly in my book is what fabulous kids they turn out year after year.
I have only praise for Danes Hill. As have my children. But you need to take a tour, speak to parents past and present from Danes Hill if you can and most importantly ..make your own mind up once you have done those two things !
....and I may not be a 'footballers' wife but the ones that were there when I was, were absolutely charming, with very well brought up children !
Don't listen to everything you hear..go and see for yourself !

LouisSurrey Mon 12-Aug-13 09:00:01

His son is now 17, a lovely boy and got an academic Scholorship at his next School and is also a very famous actor. The truth about Danes Hill is that it is very mixed, a lot of super rich footballers kids, a lot of normal families that don't want to drive too far . It is a School that would really suit a bright sporty confident child and not for a shrinking violet. For a co ed really lovely School I would choose Downsend every time . A fantastic new head arriving in September.

LouisSurrey Mon 12-Aug-13 08:59:20

His son is now 17, a lovely boy and got an academic Scholorship at his next School and is also a very famous actor. The truth about Danes Hill is that it is very mixed, a lot of super rich footballers kids, a lot of normal families that don't want to drive too far . It is a School that would really suit a bright sporty confident child and not for a shrinking violet. For a co ed really lovely School I would choose Downsend every time . A fantastic new head arriving in September.

Unexpected Thu 08-Aug-13 09:32:14

Doubtful! He made those comments three years ago! This is a zombie thread.

Mother727 Thu 08-Aug-13 03:02:57


Can anyone let me know what the supposed 13 year old said?

mina253 Wed 06-Mar-13 20:43:45


Just wondering what is the latest insider view on Danes Hill, Downsend or Feltonfleet ? Any advice greatly appreciated

Blau66 Fri 18-Jan-13 19:16:46

Oxycow clearly has some underlying issues and the picture she paints is nothing like the school I have known as a parent for eight years! My two children have loved it there (don't own Range Rover or designer shoes) and thrived in a stimulating environment. All schools have pluses and minuses and there are pros and cons to most in the area, but none of them are poor.

I suspect the bitchy comment "if your child is average and you only aspire to send them to board at Epsom/Cranleigh" says more about the ambitions of an overly pushy mother than it does Danes Hill.

I am delighted Oxycow and her children went elsewhere as she clearly is.

Happymum22 Mon 04-Oct-10 18:19:20

Rowan is definately a better option in terms of guildford high- rowan has recently joined the united church schools trust so is a sister and one of the main GHS and surbiton high (also UCST) feeder schools now.
I have to say as a parent of GHS girls, the girls who have joined my youngest daughter's year from Danes Hill tend to be the much louder, richer type. But the same can be said for many from private prep schools but there are also many parents who work their socks off or generally are very successful but also very down to earth. But definately Rowan for any church schools secondarys (Guildford and Surbiton High)

jackstarbright Wed 29-Sep-10 21:13:27

"Children inadequately prepared for 11+ exams, most parents pay for extra tuition. The emphasis is entirely on outdated common entrance exams, which are impossible to fail!"

To be fair this is a challenge faced by most co-ed preps in the area. Girls tend to do the 11+ and leave at 11 whilst boys do CE and leave at 13. Different time scales and different exams. A school needs to be well organised to manage both effectively.

But I agree if anyone plans for their dd to sit for Guildford High - then Rowan is probably a better bet.

arizonagirl Wed 29-Sep-10 20:21:39

Oh dear, Oxycow, I take it you aren't a fan. Have to say I'm glad we dismissed this school a while back or your post would have definitely put a spanner in the works. Good or bad thing I don't know, but you always dwell on the 1 bad thing rather than the 10 great things (although I don't think we reached double figures for the 'good' things about Daneshill above). I can't comment - didn't go for our tour in the end - it was so much more expensive than all other schools in the area.

oxycow Wed 29-Sep-10 19:23:27

Great school for the cream of Surrey - rich and thick or for football fans who want to go to school with the Terry's, Redknapps or bump into Gary Linneker on the school run. You need f**k you heels, designer handbag and and a Range Rover to survive.
If your child is average and you only aspire to send them to board at Epsom/Cranleigh or go to St. John's, Leatherhead it's perfect.
If you have a very bright girl choose Rowan - 10 girls got places at Guildford High in 2010 - Danes Hill got zero places.
School is fine when everything is going well for your child however, bullying is a real issue. Pastoral care is also poor. Murdock is a weak head and few have respect for him - especially the heads of future senior schools which is increasingly becoming an issue.
Children inadequately prepared for 11+ exams, most parents pay for extra tuition. The emphasis is entirely on outdated common entrance exams, which are impossible to fail!
If your child excells at anything the other highly competitive parents hate it.
It used to be a good school but i am sad to say standards have rapidly declined.

bracciano Mon 30-Aug-10 14:56:00

Lumpasmelly, I am sorry to hear your opinion on Claremont Fan Court as my experience of it is the complete opposite. Two of my children went there and did very well both academically and creatively. We liked the high pupil-teacher ratio and the strong pastoral/mentoring system. The staff couldn’t be more caring, ensuring that every child is doing their personal best. It's a relatively small school in huge grounds with masses of space and activities for play and sport. Most of the children are busy in lunch breaks with clubs, sport, music and activities like Duke of Edinburgh, the school play, film club and so on. Don't let the relaxed atmosphere fool you into thinking that anything goes, as the pastoral system is rigorous, with very quick responses to children and parents when things don't go well. There's a strong moral value programme integrated into school life, which appealed to us. The staff offer daily clinics for catch-up and re-doing work that isn't up to standard. One of my children, for example, went quite voluntarily to a weekly after-school clinic, an hour and a half at a time, to improve a subject. The Head is lovely with the children and very much respected & liked. Have a look at the website. The subject pages show some of the children’s work & it’s not ‘rubbish’ nor are the exam results. Pupils get into Cambridge & all the other universities.

daisydoflower Tue 10-Aug-10 13:16:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lumpasmelly Thu 22-Jul-10 16:08:09

Sorry - seem to have deleted a chunk
of my post! Wanted to also
say that the ben Dover thing doesn't bother all accounts the child (who is now at Epsom college) is a super kid and the parents are very pleasant despite their colourful professions.... Each to their own...

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