We are thinking of moving our Yr1 daughter and Sept 18 reception starter to either the Queen's School or Grange School in 2018.
Does anyone have any opinions on either of these schools?
Both girls will be attending assessments in the coming weeks/months. I do have a decent amount of knowledge on each school via visits/website/prospectus but lack the knowledge of real user opinions.
Is there a lot of 'keeping up with the Jones'? Do both schools treat pupils equally regardless of areas of interest? The Queen's is more expensive over the term of the schooling life. Is it worth the extra cost?
Cant help with the Queens but friends have DC at The Grange and cannot speak highly enough of it. They couldnt be further from keeping up with the jones type either and seem to be very socail with other parents etc. Good luck.
Hi I have a girl in Y4 at The Grange. Yes it's a fantastic school, great teachers, lovely children etc. However it is very academic and children are expected to reach a very high level and if they don't they are asked to leave (you aren't told that when your child starts!) my daughter says she can find it stressful! But the teachers are supportive. It's certainly not for every child!
I have a year 1 daughter at Queen’s. It’s great, couldn’t recommend more highly. She loves school and the opportunities and teachers are brilliant. It’s a lovely year group too - a real range of families but no competitive parenting.
I visit Queens in my professional capacity regularly and have never been in a warmer, kinder school. The girls always seem incredibly happy and the staff always go the extra mile to ensure that their pupils are supported. I cannot comment on the Grange but recommend you visit Queen’s.
My daughter is Year 6 age and loves her sport. I would highly recommend Queen's, there is a lovely family atmosphere, the girls are very happy and the pastoral care is excellent. Whatever their interest, the girls are catered for and encouraged.
It's always interesting reading about different experiences of schools. I know lots of students who have gone through both the Grange and Queen's. Without exception, Queen's is described as warm and nurturing, with staff who really go out of their way to help the girls achieve. The Grange is definitely a good school, but I get the impression that there is more focus on academic outcome. It's tough though, isn't it? Have you met both Head Teachers yet? A good leader will always tip the balance imho.
I think I know OP in real life - Indeed we chatted this afternoon.
If you're looking at senior schools you might be interested in the most recent league tables etc. The Grange has suffered a recent drop in applications so has recently been less competitive than its reputation would suggest. That's either a pro or a con depending on your child!