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what if we took the "wrong" school for our son?

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Avaria Wed 10-Aug-11 15:11:18

Hello dear Momssmile It's pity I didn't find this site when we were in the process of choosing the right school for our son. Sorry in advance - english is not my native language, so I hope I'll be clear enough in my question.

I need your advise whether our choice is right. I have 1 son, he is 9 y.o. We are moving to Sutton/Surrey this August and already have the place in Royal Russel School in Croydon. We also passed an exam in City of London Freemen's school, but were put on a waiting list (there was no single place at Y5). RR accepted us right away, after passing "taster day" in the school(which seems to me a bit strange, after passing 3.5 hours of exam in CofLF shool) The principal met us and said that he is impressed with his level of knowledge. Now I see comments about RR, that this school is not so much academical. Unfortunately I am not aware at all with British system of education and was searching for the schools based on internet/school ratings..We have to pay the deposit for RR this week and I would like to ask your advice -

1) Should I be looking another private school for my boy? He is very intelligent and love to learn . I would love to have great private school for him with strong academical direction.
2) If we come now, how do you think will there be any available place in other good private schools near Sutton? (we are ready to drive 20-30 mints)
3) Maybe you could recommend best private schools for us in Surrey? We will be trying CofLF school in Ashtead this year again.

Maybe Royal Russel is good choice for the beggining and I am wrong in thinking that we made a wrong choice?

Thank you so much for all your advices!

MigratingCoconuts Wed 10-Aug-11 17:51:10

I don't know anything about prep schools in the area but you could do 2 years at this one and then consider switching him to the very excellent state selective 'Wilson's school' in wallington.

It is state funded and can hold its own against any private school in the area. Its is highly selective and very academic here

Your son would have to pass the entrance exam to get in there but it really does have an excellent reputation.

Avaria Thu 11-Aug-11 15:32:52

MigatingCoconuts (love your nicknamesmile) , thanks a lot for your advice! I will look at this school once we are at the place!

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