Whitgift School vs Epsom College

(6 Posts)
user1488362582 Wed 01-Mar-17 13:28:16

We are currently agonising over choice of school for a year 7 student who has been awarded scholarships at both schools and would welcome any advice from any parents who have sent their child to either of the above schools from the local area.
Both schools offer a bus service but Whitgift does feel a tougher journey despite being the same number of miles. Our son is extremely sporty and whilst Whitgift would appear to win on this front they are blessed with many more boys to choose from. Epsom appears a very privileged set up that is very forward thinking in its approach to learning. The school day is long and busy but still exudes calm and happy children. They also provide supervised prep at the end of the day so even after a long commute at least you return home free of h/w. One is co-ed and 750 students (incl boarding) and the other 1450 boys.
Any general views from parents who have children at either of these schools would be gratefully received and would be very interested to know of any families that have siblings at the schools.

Greydove Thu 02-Mar-17 06:52:47

Look at the sports your son favours and check how many teams they field - this should give you an idea of the opportunity to play

Why would the Whitgift bus be a tougher commute than the Epsom bus?

user1488362582 Thu 02-Mar-17 15:38:11

Both field teams at his chosen sport although Whitgoft is more successful nationally largely because of the number of boys they have available.
They journey from SW London is certainly more tricky travelling across london to south croydon then travelling down the A3 to Epsom.

Greydove Thu 02-Mar-17 16:09:30

What I mean is look at how many teams they field in his sport per year - if they have 8 teams per year = more chances to play vs 4 teams

He won't be driving the bus will he?
What is the difference in the two school bus journeys or will he get the train to Croydon?

BTCmum Fri 03-Mar-17 08:19:31

I have no knowledge of Epsom College but a large number of boys travel from SW London to Whitgift every day from Clapham Junction, Wandsworth Common, Balham etc. It's an easy train journey for when your son is older and wants more flexibility and considerably cheaper than the bus. In the younger years Whitgift fields lots of teams in all the main sports so if your son is a half-decent player he should have no problem playing for a team.

DebbieOfMaddox Fri 28-Apr-17 18:14:28

There are hordes of Whitgift boys commuting together from SW London by train -- I gather that it's the social highlight of their day!

Have you factored in Saturday school at Epsom?

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