TRAFFORD primary schools(34 Posts)
Anyone have any knowledge of primary schools in hale / altrincham / timperley?
Moving to the area and wondering which are thought of as the "good" schools and which are best avoided.
Obviously looking at 11+ pass rates, but also happy pupils / extra curriculum activities / parental involvement.
Any thoughts would be great.
Fascinated by the question which is best school in Timperley? All are good but it is purely about what suits your child. Heyes Lane, where my son attends, is fantastic. Lovely staff, great ethos and they are so well cared for. I personally love it as do many of my friends children who attend.
I am new in this area. I want to know which is the best primary school in Timperley. Is it ST HUGHES or PARK ROAD ACADEMY? According to Ofsted ST HUGHES is outstanding and number 2 position in this area but Park ROAD is only outstanding. But I donot know about the 11+ result of this two school. Please let me know.Thanks in advance.
Just a word of warning - all the schools in the local area are massively over subscribed - my neighbour hasn't been offered any of her 3 choice schools in Hale / Bowdon despite being well within the catchment area for the Bollin and Stamford Park. Its been a recurring problem for quite a few years but this year is particularly bad. Next year might well be worse.
Look very carefully at the catchments of any schools you like and if at all possible, buy a house as close as you can. You must also visit the schools - I agree that an OFSTED rating is useful as a guide but it doesn't give you an idea of the school at all. Try to come up to the area, talk to the mum in front of you in the queue at the cafe, go to church one Sunday and speak to the parents at Sunday school etc. If you visit the school, see if the Head / teacher that shows you round knows the names of the children etc. There is definitely a "reputation" for the schools - whether that be "very academic", "great pastoral care" etc - and only you will know whether that suits your child/children!
Good luck - its a great area to live in
Oh yes and The Willows has a fantastic reputation - i know a few people who have sent DCs there (timperley - OFSTED 2)
Honestly dont just look at the OFSTED reports - a school isnt bad if it is less than a 1 grade
pkas dont just look at the outstanding schools, the OFSTED '2' schools are worth looking at too. DS starts Heyes Lane Primary in September and we are chuffed to bits. We moved from the Navigation Rd area just in time for admissions and considered the following:
Well Green: We saw a house on that street and were v excited about the school as it has an excellent reputation. Two things put us off in the end (1) the house was £60k more expensive than our Timperley house and (2) <the most important> the feeder secondary school for Well Green is Altrincham College of Arts - not a bad school but not a patch on Wellington Comprehensive which is in nearby Alti/Timperley
Stamford Primary: That is actually OFSTED 2 because it had notice to improve a few years ago because of safeguarding issues (something about them not keeping their CRB checks up to date). It is either the Junior or infant school that is Ofsted 1 (cant quite remember and the website is down). But that did put me off.
Park Road Academy: My friend's DCs go there and they love it. The catchment is small though - look on Trafford website for the catchment areas.
Elmridge: Another friends DCs go there and speak highly of it. Again watch out for the feeder schools as that will be Alti College of Arts rather than the comp.
We went for Heyes Lane OFSTED 2 catchment as we had good recommendations. They do a lot of outdoorsy stuff, (adopting farm animals, visits to the local allotment) as well as having a good academic record. That area of Timperley have a good community spirit too. And the properties are cheaper than Hale!
We used to live in catchment for Navigation Rd Primary OFSTED 2 - we visited the school and absolutely loved it. The building is new, they have introduced a new bulge class, the nursery and reception classes are lovely as are the teachers and TAs. We would have been happy to stay in that catchment if we hadnt found our house in HL catchment.
Finally consider Bollin Primary - that is OFSTED 1 and very highly regarded. It is the same catchment area as Stamford and we would have put Bollin down as 1st choice if we lived near. It is in Bowdon which is the nicest part of Altrincham/Hale IMO
We are moving in Altrincham area from Stoke and i have been researching on Primary schools in Timperley and nearby areas from some months, as my son is due to start in Sep 2014. I don't know how to decide the best school of all ! I have Park Road Academy, Brooklands, Cloverlea, Well green, Stamford Park and Elmridge in mind. They all have Outstanding Ofsted report but i dont know which is the best among these. Any input would be realllly very helpful please.
I'm in the Ashton on Mersey end of Sale, schools-wise it's great, both DCs are at different schools that suit their personalities, and DS just got into A on M school, which will suit him down to the ground as he's very sporty.
Cloverlea has just had a brand new I.T.C suite fitted,an activity trail,and a reverse climbing wall,plus new benches!the kids are spoiled for choice.but if your child is a shy or quite little one,they also have a quiet area.this is basically a gated garden with lovely benches and shade in the summer!
Bolin,,park road,Bowden prep and the willows are schools many of my friends kids were pulled out of for the schools being so horrific.cloverlea is a beautiful school my kids tell me how well fitted in they feel and know body is left out.also,can I just say,pupils from cloverlea primary school went on to win he apprentice challenge at Wellington secondary school(a fab school!) they were challenged by 13 other schools ,and in the Wellington news leaflet it stated'cloverlea swept opposition aside,they won by a landslide.'
I'd like to hear who thinks sale is bad or good
Now.i have lived in the area all my life and cloverlea primary school is by far the best,the staff are friendly,soooo caring, and really know the children.altrincham grammar school for boys is fantastic,shame the same cant be said for altrincham grammar school for girls,they don't know the children,it's test after test after test,the children feel pressured audits a snobby school.thumbs up for urmston! And I cannot get across how spectacular sale grammar school is,it's great for the children to mix and its just the most magnificent school.dont make any mistake in thinking that sale is worse than alti,you WILL live to regret it.
Very new to all of this and looking at schools in the area for our child.
Just wondering if anyone knew how you find out the Catchment areas for Bollin Primary School, Bowden CE primary school and Stamford park Junior School?
Park Road Timperley (not to be confused with Park Road Sale which actually did better in SATS last year) is an excellent school *for the right sort of child*. If you have a classically academic child who wants to learn, the opportunities to progress are as good as you'll get anywhere in Altrincham including the private sector.
However, if you have a child of average or below average ability or who is young for their year or a slow starter I would think very carefully. I also have reservations at the 'gifted and talented' end of the range as they don't really think beyond Level 3 at Y2/5 at Y6.
No, the closing date for applications is 6 Feb I think. Provided you've exchanged contracts by then, or you have signed a tenancy agreement, that is prrof of your "new" address within the catchment area.
Looked at that very carefully to ensure we didn't miss out!
Sorry to nip in but I just wanted to ask, If you're not moving until Feb won't you miss the cut off for applying for a place? I think you actually have to be in catchment already to be treated as there IYKWIM rather than them accept you'll be there by the Sept.
Traford schools in general have a very good reputation.
The negative comment about Park Road has now been withdrawn from this thread. Thank you.
Good luck Mandy21 in your house and school search.
I agree - I would be very happy to send mine to Park Road.
I was searching the internet for something else and found this thread and felt I had to post a response to the comment about Park Road Primary.
Two of our children have been there for a number of years and our oldest was previously at another school in the area but we felt Park Road would be better for him as it tries to fulfil every child's potential. We are very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. Note it is over-subscribed so must be doing something right.
There will undoubtedly be some children (and parents) it does not suit. In particular the school requires parents to follow up their child's education at home - just simple things like listening to them read, which makes a massive difference to how children progress. Some parents don't do this and don't like it when the teacher gets on their case. Personally I'd rather have a school that wanted the best for my child.
Aside from academic work, Park Road has a wide range of activities going on including sports and music and "drama" productions. It has a great PTA, loads of engaged parents and lots of happy children.
If you want to know what it's like, go along for a visit - the children show you round - and ask some kids and parents what they think.
Thanks for that Gobbledigook - I know admissions have been a problem in the last couple of years, its a nightmare isn't it really? We don't to be paying the premiums for property in Hale only to not get into the school of our choice, we might as well stay where we are!!
I know Stamford Park has a joint catchment area now for Bollin Primary too doesn't it after last year which makes it all very complicated!
Fingers crossed once we've made the decision as to which school (I think its between Stamford Park and Bowdon at the moment) we'll look at houses close to the schools to maximise our chances!!
Mandy, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the schools in Hale, Alt, Timperley (although I would body swerve Broomwood).
My friend's ds went to Clover Lea for a while (only a term actually) and she was really happy with it.
If you want to get into Stamford Park I would suggest trying to get very close to the school. Admissions have been an issue for a few years now.
Thats really helpful, thank you! I've got provisional places, good to hear such good reports. As for the cost - well one of the (few) disadvantages of twins . So looking forward to them starting school .
Hi Mandy- Sorry I have only just seen this, I forget that I have posted here sometimes!! I am really happy with the nursery and have no complaints at all. My ds is very settled and the staff are lovely, in fact since he started, two of my ante natal friends started their little ones at Elmscot and one other at Woodlands (the sister nursery round the corner) after hearing my glowing reports! He has been there just over a year now, he started in the baby room at 6 months and has now just gone upstairs with the "big boys" as he says and he had no problem changing rooms. What I liked about it when I looked round was that the children all seemed happy, the food is all prepared on the premises and is organic as far as possible and they have "real" teachers (iykwim) in the top room for the older kids. My sil and another of my ante-natal friends who have older children than mine both heard really good reports about it and that's really why I went with it, like you say it helps to hear first hand comments.
I'd definately have a look round, Emma the manager or Laura the deputy will take time to show you the set up and I am sure you will be happy. The only problem I have with it is the cost !!
Phew, I bet you wish you'd never asked now!!
Thanks Jojosmaman. I grew up not too far away so know it vaguely - but not in sufficient detail to know about schools and nurseries if you see what I mean.
Can I pick your brains about Elmscot too - we're planning on moving in around February time and I've been in touch with Elmscot (had heard some good things about it) and they potentially have places for me. It would only be for 7 or 8 months until they start school in the September (would be for 3 days a week) and they would obviously go into the pre-school class. I know some children change from private nurseries to nurseries attached to the primary school at that stage, think thats why places are available. Are you happy with the care your son gets? Has he been going for long? The OFSTED report seems to be OK, but its nicer to hear (good or bad) from parents who actually have children there.
Oh I see, maybe she was mixing Schools out with another! My ds is only 18mths so its a bit of a way off for us but I was keen to him to go to a nursery atached to the school he would eventually attend so that's why I rang around but it seems that I only have Clover Lea in my catchment area anyway! At the moment he is at a private nursery (Elmscot) so I may just keep him on there until he starts school to see where we are at (you never know, we may be able to afford Hale by the time he is 4!!)
Where are you moving from, are you totally new to the area?
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