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Darell vs. other primaries in Richmond area?

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tspsds Fri 18-Nov-16 10:13:52

I'm considering Darell for my son to send to in September 2017. Does anyone have any experiences and opinions/pros & cons of Darell compared to the other local primaries such as Holy Trinity, Marshgate and Deer Park?

Intagli0 Fri 18-Nov-16 21:15:59

My son started in reception at Darell this year. He is very happy and we are thrilled with his teacher. The music is fantastic. It's a very friendly, inclusive school which stretches the most able but supports all the children very well. As an ex-teacher, when I was looking around the local schools, I thought the teaching was the most creative, engaging and intelligent. Good luck with your choice. It's a bit of a stressful time doing the application! Go and look at all the schools, but there's a lot to be said for being able to walk to school if you live locally.

Intagli0 Fri 18-Nov-16 21:17:14

Ps. It's nice to be able to play in North Sheen Rec after school and go to the café!

tspsds Sun 20-Nov-16 17:58:51

Great to hear your son is happy at Darell IntagliO! Were you concerned that they don't seem to do so well in the national tests?

Intagli0 Sun 20-Nov-16 19:02:16

There is a much more inclusive intake than many of the other local schools which is a great strength of the school - children with English as an additional language, children with special educational needs etc. The results in their bald form don't take this into account. And yet the children make great progress from their starting points... And the most academic children do very well indeed... But hopefully have a greater understanding of the variety of people that make up society too.

The teachers at Darell are fantastic. Come and have a look. It's honestly a very happy school where children of all backgrounds thrive,

Intagli0 Sun 20-Nov-16 19:03:28

Hope you choose it for your son!

NorthSheenisNice Mon 21-Nov-16 09:16:48

My son is in yr 6 at Kew Riverside. To be honest (with the exception of Deer park about which I know nothing!) I would say it's impossible to choose a bad school in this area at the moment.

Go around and see all the schools you might get into and choose the one you like the most.

MrsSDepp Mon 21-Nov-16 22:33:47

Holy Trinity has got a playing field and lots of lovely outdoor space, including a new conservation area. The outdoor space was one of the main selling points for me. I'm a bit biased but my 2 children are extremely happy there and I do think it's a wonderful school. However, as another poster had said, they're all very good round here, and you need to visit each one to get a good feel for what is right for your family.

NorthSheenisNice Mon 21-Nov-16 22:45:17

Hey we have a playing field too!!!

MrsSDepp Tue 22-Nov-16 19:05:58

Hello NorthSheen! Sorry, didn't realise!

Icimoi Wed 23-Nov-16 00:33:56

To be honest, with Richmond primary schools it tends to be more a matter of finding out which one you will realistically get into rather than choosing. For some, you won't get in unless you live in the next road so there's not point putting them down as a choice.

tspsds Fri 25-Nov-16 23:03:18

Hi, thanks so much for your replies! I did visit most primaries in Richmond. Based on where we live I think Darell/Deer Park are the ones were we'll get in. Marshgate may be still possible but am not sure if it's not too "academic" and too little child/play focused particularly the first years after reception. Deer Park is probably a no due to new site (distance & relatively small outside space).

AbsintheAndChips Sat 26-Nov-16 14:48:52

DD is at Darell (she is ten) and is very happy and progressing/achieving well. There is a huge range of academic abilities in her class but they all seem to be well catered for. I think Marshgate is probably the exact opposite of Darell so it really depends on what you are looking for! DD's cousin is at Marshgate and it seems to be a very very different environment.

tspsds Sun 27-Nov-16 22:57:56

That's interesting to hear. Do you mean Marshgate is more demanding of its children?

AbsintheAndChips Mon 28-Nov-16 11:59:15

No, that's not what I mean at all. I think I'm talking more about atmosphere and priorities of the school.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Thu 08-Dec-16 13:08:55

When I moved to that area my DC were pre school and the LA person who came to speak at the NCT said that parents were obsessed with primaries, but all the Richmond primaries are excellent - the problem comes with secondary...And yy unless you are catholic, you will realistically only get into one school anyway.

Boatyboat Wed 27-Sep-17 15:05:54

I'm glad a new thread has been started about Darell which is more up to date. My daughter is now in year 1 and we are loving Darell. It's a truly inclusive, nurturing and lovely local school. What I like most are the other families and parents who all seem committed to making it a great school for their kids and who share the ethos that school should be a happy, fun place where kids learn to love learning. It does not force a pushy or competitive environment and considering its diverse population it does incredibly well academically.

It's international, with students from all over the world. It is both socially and culturally diverse which is why it stands out from other schools in the borough. I care about inclusion in all senses so this works for me and my family.

For us it was the only option due to the competitive nature of the system in Richmond and based on where we live (actually quite far from the school but with no viable alternative). I wasn't sure what to expect and now I realise I had some misconstrued anxieties about what matters. If you are considering Darell, or rather, if Darell is likely to be the school that you will most likely be offered a place then I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what this unique school has going for it. It's a hidden gem in our community which should be celebrated. My daughter loves school and is thriving, I couldn't ask for more- she's only 5!

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