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N1 primary schools - private or state - please help decide

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wewontbebulliedanymore Thu 10-Apr-14 14:21:00

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Bitzer Wed 24-Apr-13 20:58:37

Have just put a lengthy message on the other thread so if you're still undecided do go and have a look but, in short, I have DC at Tyndale. There are lots of parents in N1 agonising over the same decision. Personally I'm v happy with WT (have taken one DC out of Children's House to go there, and know others who've done the same): very close, academically and pastorally very strong, and free! Very best of luck with your decision.

Think the 'moral' argument is nonsense

wonderingagain Sat 20-Apr-13 20:34:16


momacharlie Sat 20-Apr-13 19:34:33

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couldwinterstopnowplease Sat 20-Apr-13 19:26:02

I find that kind of argument ridiculous wonderingagain. If the OP pays her taxes she's entitled to a state school place if she wants one and can fairly get one.

wonderingagain Sat 20-Apr-13 18:19:55

If you can afford to, go private. No point in using up a place at an oustanding primary that could benefit a child with fewer choices.

momacharlie Sat 20-Apr-13 18:15:01

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momacharlie Sat 20-Apr-13 18:12:13

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CruCru Sat 20-Apr-13 15:55:25

Hey momacharlie - I am the OP in the "N1 - think I've applied to too many schools" thread and am in a very similar position to you. I've had some very helpful advice on my thread.

catastrophewaitress Sat 20-Apr-13 14:14:51

Aargh, wrote a long reply and lost it. Tyndale. Because worrying about 11+ is just not necessary at this stage. Walk to school, make friends locally (incidentally if you go to Tyndale you will find that you balance out your circle of friend with people who have similarly high educational aspirations as your friends who use the private system but just go state, so your last problem will go away). Then if you're really stressed about it book a tutor from Yr 4. Good luck.

expansivegirth Sat 20-Apr-13 09:13:21

farewell to arms - i made a similar choice. i also wanted the kids to have a community nearby - which we do - small catchment so lots of friend all around the place - and it's FREE.... (and a good state school with an ethos I preferred to the more intense, academic private schools).

and i couldn't be bothered to drive the kids to school. they were four when they started at primary, young and tired. i wanted them to have a good nights sleep and time to play at the end of the day. not a dreadful haul through traffic and phonics homework.

I am aware at every stage that I have the choice to move (although the older the kids get the more competitive the places in the private sector - early on it's all potential - later on they have to prove themselves and are up against kids who have learned stuff your kids just won't).

momacharlie Fri 19-Apr-13 21:06:08

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Farewelltoarms Fri 19-Apr-13 14:44:36

There's a very useful thread called something like 'I've applied to too many schools N1' which discusses exactly this.
Just to add to what I've put I'm other thread - you'll never know if you've made the right decision as you can't ever see the parallel universe. However, I decided that I could always do 7 or 8+ if I didn't like the state school after a couple of years. However if I started in private I'd never do the other way round. As it is, I'd have never wanted to move my dcs out of state until 11, but I found having the option comforting when we made the initial decision.

momacharlie Fri 19-Apr-13 14:26:08

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