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Choosing the best co-ed boarding school in Scotland

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Leelove28 Sun 30-Apr-17 17:35:04

Hello Clever people,
My daughter is currently in p6 and we are looking to move her into a co-ed boarding school.
She wants to do science and we have narrowed our choices to Glenalmond, Fettes and Loretto.
Do any of you have any insights into these schools that can help influence our decision? We would also like to know if bullying is something to worry about.
Any advice at this point is welcomed.

EdinburghPS Sun 30-Apr-17 19:27:24

Don't know about boarding and can only share personal opinions.
I have loads of friends that went to glenalmond and fettes, all loved it. I had a few that went to Lomond school in Helensburgh and they also loved it.
Good luck choosing! I supppose it's best letting your daughter visit and see which one she feels more comfortable in

Leelove28 Sun 30-Apr-17 19:52:46

Thanks EdinburghPS. It's my first attempt looking into this and they all seem like great schools. I also know that you can't pick up on bullying just by visiting the school. She has been a victim of bullying the past and I don't want to leave her in an environment where this might happen.

EdinburghPS Sun 30-Apr-17 20:03:43

Understandable, where does she prefer? I would go for the school with the best pastoral care

Leelove28 Sun 30-Apr-17 20:12:04

She can't decide as she likes all of them

EdinburghPS Sun 30-Apr-17 20:23:50

That's a positive sign at least making it a tough choice.
I had a friend who got bullied badly at fetters. Then I have a friend who's sister is there now and has been since she 9 and she loves it!!! It just depends. Sorry I can't be of more help...

FurryMouse Mon 01-May-17 16:44:25

No idea. But I loved the miniseries on Gordounstoun a couple of years ago misses the point. Good luck finding the right school for your daughter, OP.

coffeeCamelCase Mon 01-May-17 19:56:18

No direct experience of any of them, but I know parents with children at all three who are happy with them. Didn't like the feel of Fettes myself, though, and have heard unhappy stories from there too, whereas from the other two I can't think of any. Integrating all my vague impressions I'd probably put Glenalmond first in that list.

Leelove28 Mon 01-May-17 21:19:31

Thanks for the insight coffeecamelcase. So far the great reviews have been for Glenalmond

Buckeyedjim Mon 01-May-17 23:02:05

There is no school in the land where you can guarantee bullying will never happen. No workplace either for that matter.

Leelove28 Tue 02-May-17 03:39:13

I totally agree but some are worse than others. I don't want to put my child in a school known for bullying. That will make me irresponsible. I am seeking insight on what you might know of these schools. A prospectus and a visit cannot compare to real life experiences shared by others abut these schools.

EdinburghPS Tue 02-May-17 11:37:21

I love Glenalmond and always kept it in mind for if my children wish to board later for senior school.

Leelove28 Tue 02-May-17 12:10:06

Thank you for the feedback Edinburgh PS

Lones80 Tue 02-May-17 13:10:57

I've no experience of boarding, but my children are in the junior school at Loretto and I can't recommend the school enough. The headmaster and his wife are a fantastic team and the school is an incredibly nurturing and supportive environment where children are encouraged to pursue their own interests.

yoyo1234 Tue 09-May-17 22:00:51

We could not think more highly if Loretto as a school ( no experience of boarding though). Small and friendly with teachers that really know the children and want to help them.

yoyo1234 Tue 09-May-17 22:02:16

"of Loretto"! Silly big fingers on a little phone.angry

Leelove28 Tue 09-May-17 22:28:57

Thanks for the insight Yoyo

Cloudangel123 Sat 27-May-17 23:55:36

I'd advise you to read the Care Inspectorate reports and quotes on the link below about Glenalmond. They have had recent "good" reports from the C I but who can guarantee this - bullying is not staff it's an ethos amongst pupils and if these pupils feel they can behave as they like because the school needs their parents' money!

Cloudangel123 Sun 28-May-17 00:01:48

Added thought! If your daughter isn't in one of the prep feeder schools already I'd move her there for a year then she would move on with an established peer group to boarding rather than into a small group for a 2nd form year. The main intake to boarding is 3rd form. Wish I'd known all about this!!!

Leelove28 Sun 28-May-17 14:58:04

I can't thank you enough for this insight cloudangel. Trying to get a child into a great school is not easy at all. I hope I can gain a great wealth of experience from all this for the sake of my other children ☺
As for prep school, we are considering Advreck. We will be visiting in 2 weeks time to be sure it is the right decision.
Thank you so much @Cloudangel123

hilbil21 Sun 28-May-17 15:03:40

I live in Helensburgh and have grown up knowing both day pupils and boarders at Lomond School. Most have enjoyed their time there

Cloudangel123 Sun 28-May-17 15:44:21

Glad to have helped.
I would seriously consider Cargilfield as pupils from there tend to spread more between the various boarding schools whereas from Ardvreck most tend to go to Glenalmond. Cargilfield would keep options more open and your daughter's peer group less limited for moving on.
Best wishes.

Cloudangel123 Sun 28-May-17 15:50:48

Plus if it is science in senior school that is of most interest Glenalmond do GCSE Double award (a weird calculation of Physics, Chemistry and Biology marks awarding just 2 GCSEs not 3) which can put some at a disadvantage starting A-levels in the single sciences. If I could turn clock back I'd be ruling out schools that do Double award at GCSE.

Leelove28 Sun 28-May-17 22:06:47

Wow cloudangel123. I had no idea about double GCSE. Maybe I should focus more on Fette's or Lorerro but again my ignorance my cost me a lot.
In your opinion, what boarding schools would you recommend in Scotland? I need all the help I can get

EdinburghPS Mon 29-May-17 15:22:33

From my understanding fettes has a fab name. Have you been to look around any of these schools yet?

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