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jish Thu 09-Feb-12 07:22:14

HI everyone,
My son has recently got admission at Elham COllege at 7+
Does anyone have any feedback about the school, academic or otherwise. He is a bright , talented boy coming from a mixed school.

weasle Thu 09-Feb-12 07:34:41

Ooo, watching with interest, we went round last year and really liked it so thinking of trying next year for ds. Was your son tutored? Is he at a state or private school?

jish Fri 10-Feb-12 07:35:51

He wasn't tutored. I just taught him at home.
He is at a private school currently. It does look like a lovely school. Bu I am dreading the Blackwall tunnel commute twice a day.

finnmum Fri 10-Feb-12 10:04:39

I'm bumping this, anyone in Eltham College?

mumeuro Tue 28-Feb-12 14:13:32

I'm not, but it has a very good reputation as the best boys' independent school in Bromley borough and I know parents with ds's there who are very happy. Hope this helps.

TalkinPeace2 Tue 28-Feb-12 16:01:53

you're going to Eltham from north of the river.
blimey falimey
most of the friends I had there lived along the blackfriars railway line or the bus routes

Orchidskeepdying Tue 28-Feb-12 20:11:19

Thats crazy - you can NOT commute through the black wall tunnel daily for school!

It's hell on Earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (The tunnel - I don't know the school!)

TalkinPeace2 Tue 28-Feb-12 20:28:09

Have you TRIED driving it at 7.30 am when one bore is closed?
Or the diversion via Rotherhithe?
or up to Tower Bridge?
or down to the Dartford crossing?

Eltham was an excellent school in my day.
Presume it still is
but you are looking at up to 4 hours a day getting there and back
is that REALLY what you want for the next 7 years?

oliverreed Wed 29-Feb-12 17:57:08

I would say the tunnel isn't too bad coming from north to south direction - you are against the traffic (and obviously you may live v close to the tunnel). It is possible but the traffic/drive will become a bind over 7 years.
It is a good school and has great facilities for sports etc.
If you are in east london, have you considered the Forest school or others further up into nw london?

Avoc Wed 29-Feb-12 20:29:44

... or the woolwich ferry? I'd do anything to aviod the blackwell tunnel.

mumzy Thu 01-Mar-12 20:18:58

I drove south to north through the black wall tunnel recently at 9.15 am recently and it took 45 minutes from the sun and sands roundabout ( approx a mile from the mouth of the tunnel)

TalkinPeace2 Thu 01-Mar-12 21:30:32

as per Google Maps
Eltham College to Bromley by Bow Tube (as an easily identifiable Norf ah dah rivuh location) = 7.1 miles and SHOULD be 12 minutes
I know the Sun and Sands roundabout EXTREMELY well

you REALLY need to think about this.

jish Wed 07-Mar-12 12:23:39

Thanks for your feedback!
Would you be able to advise about which areas are good to live in? Have no clue about south of the river.

Yummymummy9 Wed 30-Jan-13 19:09:36

Hello asking for help re Eltham College 11 plus entrance exam 2013, when you get your interviews for the parents but son isn't asked to go for taster day is this a negative?

Naren Mon 26-Jan-15 18:27:10

Does taster day at Eltham mean anything

Naren Mon 26-Jan-15 18:31:37

Any advice on Eltham application process welcome, what can we expect after taster day?

Naren Tue 27-Jan-15 22:19:34

Anyone heard from Eltham College for scholarships??? Please help any advice appreciated confused

cobwebmockingbird Mon 02-Feb-15 11:13:46

They send out letters on 12 th February, but whether or not they have already told parents about scholarships not sure. Heard of a few schools who phoned some parents days after exam as results so good. What other schools applied for? Anyone St Dunstan's?

DadDadDad Mon 02-Feb-15 13:54:58

This thread bought back memories: I was a pupil at Eltham (a long, long time ago!) and my friend lived in Limehouse and used to get the bus shock - I think it took him three buses including one throught the B/wall Tunnel. I don't remember complaining too much but I think it was sometimes grim.

I guess you need to try the journey one schoolday morning to get a feel for how bad it will be.

Naren Mon 09-Feb-15 15:11:16

Thank you cobwebmockingbird..... Waiting game is killing... We know he did well from a phone call but still in the dark about scholarship ....��

Naren Fri 13-Feb-15 13:13:54

HELP PLEASE!!!just got offer letter to Eltham.....Would have loved to accept but not really happy with the amount of music award.....we just cant afford it!!!sad(!!!any advice on haggling??? appropriate is it???. Any Advice welcome please.

bobbyboy Fri 13-Feb-15 13:31:42

Hello I am a mum of a boy who will be leaving the 6th form this year. He got excellent grades at GCSE and is predicted 3 A* at A level. I think the school is very good for bright boys (and girls in the 6th form) but not so good for the less abled (I am not being rude). There music department is excellent, he did not get a scholarship for the senior school only a music award but did get a music scholarship for the 6th form. I do know people who haggled and did not get anything at all but also some that did and did get something, we have a new head who is wonderful and I think he will do brilliant things for the school (was not keen on the old head) It is a shame my son is leaving this year as I would have liked him to have a number of years with the new head. Hope this helps but if you need any more information please do ask or pm me.

worrymum324 Tue 21-Apr-15 01:31:05

I am also looking for a good school for my DS as we are moving to London this summer. I checked all the previous league tables, etc. about Eltham. It IS always excellent (the best, I should say) in south of London, until last year (2014) when GCSE statistics suddenly fell sharply, even the number of students at KS4. What has happened? Anyone can help with some information? greatly appreciated! How is life in Mottingham area? - transport to central London, shopping, community, safety?

LL0015 Tue 21-Apr-15 20:53:47

Mottingham itself is not an affluent area and whilst the school sits on the edge of it, I doubt many pupils live there.

Nearby areas would be Chislehurst, Bickley, Bromley, Eltham, Grove Park, Blackheath.

But who cares where you live if you want to pay school fees then so what.

If you want a villagey feel, shops and restaurants then look at Blackheath or Chislehurst to live. I would look at bus routes to school unless money is no problem for taxis or you are doing the school run yourself.
Traffic is not great in the area at rush hour so being on the Grove park side of the school is better than coming anywhere along the A20.
Happy to help PM if you need area advice.
My children do not attend the school but we use the school for extra curricular stuff.

supanoah Sun 26-Jun-16 21:44:33


I am looking to apply for Eltham college junior school for my 6-year-old. Can anyone provide information about the 7+ entry exam into Eltham college (Junior school)? Insight and examples of exam questions would be much appreciated...and can anyone also recommend a private tutor with experience with these exams??

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