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Esher college- any opinions please?

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Surreymummy78 Thu 08-Jun-17 15:17:49

Hi, going to the open eve in July with my y10 daughter. She's considering sciences/ maths. Any opinions from current Esher College parents much appreciated.

titchy Thu 08-Jun-17 16:04:32

Can thoroughly recommend! It is large though - 900 per year so might not suit quiet mouselike kids.

Surreymummy78 Thu 08-Jun-17 16:26:34

Hi Titchy. Thank you for your reply. Daughter definitely not mouselike, but would need good pastoral support I think, currently in a small cosy school. Do you know if the tutors know the students well? Thanks again.

remum Fri 09-Jun-17 09:10:51

Hi, I can highly recommend it. My DD joined last September and has loved it. She also came from a much smaller school and has met some really lovely friends. It is big though! She is studying sciences, maths and the teaching has been fantastic. Tutors seem to get to know them very well and at parents evening really seemed to understand my DD. They are really strict on attendance and although they have much more freedom as a parent you are informed of any non-attendance and any work outstanding. HTH

OnGoldenPond Sun 11-Jun-17 11:42:34

Hi Surreymummy, i will also be at the open evening with my y10 DS maybe will see you there! grin

Older DD got a place last year but in the end didn't take up place as went to specialist performing arts school. Would definitely have gone there if she had gone The A level route, though. She has quite a few friends who went there and are loving it.

Neighbours DD went there a couple of years ago and did art, loved it, the teaching was top notch and she had a great time socially.

It is very popular and with the lottery entry system there's no way to predict likelihood of getting a place, so make sure you have a backup option. Unless you qualify for a priority place from attending the specified local high schools.

Saying that, don't despair if you end up on waiting list, with such a large college there is a fair bit of movement. DD was initially about 15th place on wait list and was told she would pretty much definitely be offered a place. She got a firm offer after Easter when the meetings to discuss options had to be made to confirm acceptance of offers.

Localher0 Sun 02-Jul-17 15:56:29

Hi - we're also attending the open evening and have heard good things about the college. Does anyone have experience of the learning support at Esher? My DS is dyspraxic and a designated laptop user. He gets extra time in exams. We have applied but apart from ticking the dyspraxia box we didn't have to provide any further info. Just wondered if anyone has experience of the pastoral care/support given?

Surreymummy78 Wed 05-Jul-17 14:43:58

The open evening was a success. My daughter loved the college and is now fixed on going there, although still some debate over which subjects to opt for. It was very very busy so we have our fingers and toes crossed that she gets a place in the ballot , but she will definitely be applying in Sept. Does anyone know what proportion of applicants secure a place?

DancingHipposOnAcid Thu 12-Oct-17 00:07:51

Hi Surrey, did your DD get a place in the ballot?

DS was really fortunate and got a place, hope it was good news for you.

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