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holy family or limetree primary

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rach3l3l Wed 21-Jan-15 22:35:26

Basically my daughter is due to start reception in September. Both these schools are in our catchment area and we are catholic. So both we should have no trouble getting into. My problem is I always had holy family (the school is went to as a child) as my first choice. I had applied to both for a nursery place as we were out of the catchment area at the time. So applied for both to hopefully get one. She ended up getting into both. Lime Tree let me know first. So I accepted. They also offered a number of taster sessions which we attended. A month or so later holy family offered my daughter a place. I accepted this too as I was overjoyed she had got in there. However when I went to the one taster day they had it wasn't very impressed whereas I was wowed by limetree. My mind has never settled since. I chose limetree after reading both ofsted reports. Lime tree received outstanding. My daughter seems happy to go to nursery however I am still unsure if have made the right decision. I always wanted her to go to a Catholic school. I'm in turmoil over this. I feel stupid for being so stressed but my mind won't rest sad. Therefore I was wondering if anyone had any views on these schools or any advice? Thanks x

itsahen Sat 24-Jan-15 07:53:38

Is she starting reception or nursery in Sept? I am confused as you seem to be debating it post deadline? I don't know the schools but had a similar dilema. PM me if you want a chat

itsahen Sat 24-Jan-15 07:55:12

Sorry - I re read. You chose lime tree as 1st choice but feel bad that you didn't go Catholic?

rach3l3l Sat 24-Jan-15 09:45:13

Yes. As it was a given that my children were going to go to a Catholic school.

rach3l3l Tue 27-Jan-15 09:32:23

What was your similar dilemma? Thanks

itsahen Tue 27-Jan-15 18:37:13

I had assumed I would send DC to Catholic school as all family Catholic etc. then chose the community school. 100 percent the right decision but Catholic guilt sticks

rach3l3l Wed 28-Jan-15 09:25:19

How can i pm you?? Thanks

itsahen Wed 28-Jan-15 19:58:45

Yes of course

Lamplady71 Thu 29-Jan-15 22:19:16

I went to an assembly at Lime Tree. They were selling cans of cider on the door to parents.

itsahen Thu 29-Jan-15 23:07:43

You are joking? Morning assembly and who was selling?

rach3l3l Fri 30-Jan-15 07:31:08

That was probably years ago. It's now an outstanding school with outstanding teachers and leadership and results. It is ranked number 4 in Trafford which is amazing.

itsahen Fri 30-Jan-15 07:40:30

In that case it was very much the right choice !!!

Lamplady71 Fri 30-Jan-15 20:57:16

It was the caretaker IIRC. It was about 5 years ago. I'm not convinced that it's a brilliant school from my dealings with it.

rach3l3l Sat 31-Jan-15 21:19:21

It really is a brilliant school. I did a teaching placement there and the staff our amazing and lovely people. The results are really good too. I agree when I was in school it was not good at all. I went to holy family. That's why as I am still in the catchment area I was going to send my daughter there however it is not doing well. Which is was gutted about. Alot of people have moved their children from neighbouring schools to lime tree and it has been completely rebuilt about a year ago.

rach3l3l Mon 02-Feb-15 09:15:46

I've been worrying about your comments. How come you don't rate the school. I need to know now as I am panicking like mad I have made a terrible decision. Thanks

itsahen Mon 02-Feb-15 11:58:53

The school is a national support school (a high accolade) and a forest school. It's an amazing new building. It was rated outstanding in 12/13. It delivers great results. If I was in your area I would be moving into the playground to get a place!!!

itsahen Mon 02-Feb-15 12:30:55

Rach - surely you also know parents with nursery children who have older siblings? They are also a great source of feedback

InMySpareTime Mon 09-Feb-15 15:55:26

I know a student teacher on placement at Limetree (and through him I met a few of the teachers). It's a brilliant school, gets the best out of all the students. I visited Limetree for their summer fair, the school ethos really makes it through to the children.
One of the Limetree Y6 students is in my Sunday school group, and if she's anything to go by the school turns out well-mannered, intelligent children who can think independently.
I wish my DCs were in the catchment, they would have loved it!

rach3l3l Tue 10-Feb-15 09:40:38

I'm feeling much more reassured now. Thank you itsahen and InMySpareTime. InMySpareTime, which Sunday school do you run? I'm so relieved you both feel it is an outstanding school. If it was Catholic I'd be laughing. did the student teacher you know enjoy his time there?

InMySpareTime Tue 10-Feb-15 11:55:29

One of the St.Mary's Sunday School groups and a few other youth groups at the church too, it's on the other side of Sale though. It's got a huge children's ministry, hundreds of children a week. C of E, but IMO the best youth provision in the area.

InMySpareTime Tue 10-Feb-15 11:58:45

The student teacher had a great time, he did some volunteering there last year to see if teaching was for him, and loved it so much he came back for his PGCE work placement.
When he went for his initial interview there, he was impressed that the headteacher asked him to wait a while, as HT was listening to a child read.the school is very child-centred, and it really shows.

rach3l3l Tue 10-Feb-15 14:09:51

That sounds brilliant. I really wanted my children to grow up knowing ther catholic faith which is why it's been such a hard decision for me. Do I choose the outstanding school or the good catholic school. Do u know if there are any catholic Sunday schools in the area?

InMySpareTime Tue 10-Feb-15 16:22:08

St. Joseph's (by Sale Metrolink) has a children's Liturgy at the morning mass. Not sure about anything closer. Do you know other RC families you could ask?

swaying Tue 10-Feb-15 16:28:29

Go catholic in Trafford if an option. The diocese does confirmation and first holy communion together in year 3 mainly in school which is difficult to replicate yourself and you have double the options at secondary. There's wood school holiday clubs in chorlton and didsbury if you'd miss that aspect.

itsahen Tue 10-Feb-15 19:33:12

A lot of parishes to holy communion classes for children that don't attend the RC school. They simply do it on a different day. It just means you have to some of it yourself. RC high schools are still open to you

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