Hi All, we're relocating to Mirfield from the Middle East at the end of June. Can anyone recommend an independent school nearby with a good reputation. Looking for small class size and a friendly atmosphere. Our 7 year old has never lived in the UK and we want to make the transition as easy as possible. Have looked at Heathfield/Rishworth near Halifax but it seems a bit of a trek... Thanks in advance
Heathfield would be a hideous trek. It's not actually that far, but it involves a very busy stretch of motorway. The Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and Silcoates are not far from Mirfield, and both have Junior Schools.
The Mount and Huddersfield Grammar are both -ta dah! - in Huddersfield and have Junior Schools. I have a friend with a child year at The Mount who finds to class sizes too small (no chance for team games, many friendships, teamwiring, and her child's class is predominantly the opposite sex), and several friends who havn't got a bad word to say about HGS.
But as mentioned above, there are some excellent state schools locally.
I'd agee with the suggestions of the Wakefield schools ( QEGS/WGHS or Silcoates) and Huddersfield Grammar. Such a shame about the Mount closing ( outing myself perhaps but I'm an ex-pupil!) There's also Bradford Grammar which is probably further than Wakefield or Huddersfield. I've past Dale House school in Batley, but don't know anything about it or anyone who has sent their children there!
As mentioned, the Mirfield primaries are very good and you've got the option of the non-fee paying Heckmondwike Grammar at 11.
Hi All, so sorry I didn't respond earlier to your comments, for some reason I didn't see them....bit of a technology numpty!! We decided on Hipperholme Junior in the end. Couldn't get a year 2 place at a local Mirfield school as they can't break max class size for that year. So far it's working out well but slightly more challenging on the social front as neighbourhood kids all go to our nearest state school. Joined Beavers etc so it's small steps at the mo. Thanks for all your advice ladies.