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St Columbas St Albans

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Mummono Fri 18-Jan-13 20:46:58

Hi all,

This is my first ever post on Mumsnet so really sorry if I get the etiquette wrong, my query is driven around whether St. Columbas is the right school for eldest DS: I moved him there in year 5, he is now in year 6 to make a easier move for him to senior school however I have become concerned that they don't either push the the boys academically and the pastoral care is more 'marketing speak' than evidenced. They don't seem to know children as individuals beyond the favoured few who are all children of teachers. I wonder if for 11 plus if you want academics it would be better to send my DS to St. Albans boys if I want pastoral care I should go for Beaumont or Verulum and save the 100kplus of school fees as a deposit on a house for him. I work full time in order to beanie to pay the school fees as fell its a school that rewards the'volunteer mum' and those who work the system.

Thoughts in general about St Columbas.peae,

JW37 Sat 19-Jan-13 23:03:37

Hiya, you might want to re post this in the education section.


ReallyTired Sat 19-Jan-13 23:10:43

I don't know anything about St Columbas, but there are some fanastic state schools in St Albans. Beaumont and Verulum both have an excellent repruation.

I think you would be better keeping the 100K to pay for university fees or a desposit for a house.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 20-Jan-13 10:16:54

Welcome to MN. You might also want to post this in Mn local smile

Mummono Thu 24-Jan-13 20:47:16

Thanks to all for the help and advise

starstosee Tue 18-Mar-14 13:04:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Alondonparent Wed 18-May-16 17:36:13

I really think you should think twice about this school. They are not academic, they offer minimal pastoral care and seem to be only in the business for money alone. I usually judge a school on how tolerate they are when you are a little late with school fees, these guys and particularly the idiotic bursar De Lord (should be De Twat) runs it like a debt collection agency, letters, calls, hounding emails even when you've told them in advance. They will even pull your child out of school during the day if you are slightly late. If God forbids you or your wife/ husband lose their job and need a week or two then you won't get it. No tolerance policy impacts your children and makes a mockery of their pastoral care. Steer clear and if you come across the bursar De Lord of twats give him a kick in the face.

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