Thinking of moving to have access to a v good non-selective school.
We could, in theory, move anywhere but East/South would give us better access to family.
Came across Debenham High. Does anyone have any experience if it? Is it as good as it looks on the stats? Is it worth moving for? And is living in the catchment area essential? It looks like such a small and rural catchment I can’t imagine it filling the school.
It has v good reputation locally. It is a bit in the middle of nowhere though. The school is small and has a lovely feel as a result of this. I have visited and observed some classes there and liked it. However, to be fair, there are also good secondary schools in Woodbridge and Bury St Edmunds too.
It’s our local, my children are adults now and at the time went a little further afield when there was still a three tier system in mid Suffolk (I felt middle school really advantaged them). It is a bit isolated, your children will need their own cars as soon as practicable
I did briefly look into King Eds and Bury County but Debenham is showing Exceltional GCSE results from 2017. 69% grade 5 or above for maths and English compared the other two only just above national average of 43%.
Here’s a list of things I love about debenham (and surrounds):
So much wonderful hacking Garage at Crowfield where they put the fuel in for you and it takes hours because everyone has to chat - reminds me of Cornwall Friendly local hunt (never actually kills anything) Topthorn arena and boundary farm cross country course within riding distance Cheap plentiful grazing everywhere Exceptionally courteous drivers There’s an Indian takeaway in the gym (next to high school) The co-op and the hardware store who until recently shared an entrance, between them you can buy anything Floods quite often but never completely cut off, fun to ride or drive through People are generally nice Except the Gummers, but I love how universally despised they are 😳
Op it is not grammar school ish. It is a high performing small state secondary. It won't feel anything like a private school or a grammar school and whilst the kids there seemed fine it is a comprehensive school catering for all levels.