Attn: North Bridge House Parents: Changes - Positive?(39 Posts)
Hi all - I'm a parent of two NBH kids, one at nursery and one at the junior school, and I just wanted to see if I could start a conversation with some of the other NBH parents out there. I am certainly not rubbishing the school, both of my kids are very happy there and are doing well. However there have been loads of changes recently which, although possibly in the interest of the kids and the school as a whole in the long-run, seem to be creating an awful lot of upheaval in the short-term. Anyone else feeling that way? Btw, I'm interested in hearing from parents at all the schools, including the prep and the senior schools. Thx!
So it�s not just me. I was hoping to ask whether any other parents at NBH Junior had been told that their children are not allowed to play with balls at playtime? Not sure if it was my DC alone was stopped or if it is a new policy. Either way I�m not very happy and will looking in to it. Otherwise in class DC is very happy and the teacher made the transition from Reception a very positive experience.
Hi Inglenook. That's definitely part of what I am talking about- lots of new seemingly arbitrary rules and regs and quite a lot stricter than it had been previously. I would assume this was due to the fact that my first child is just getting older and they're placing higher expectations etc, but it seems to be happening at the nursery also. I'm not anti-structure by any stretch, but the ethos seems somehow shifted/shifting in the same direction as some of the other schools we had decided against because they were so buttoned-up and bordering on hot-house-y. I'm concerned Nbh is pushing in that direction.
2muchcoffee – I've just seen the NBH Nursery/Junior Head’s re-branding letter where it states that the “core purpose of the Junior school is to prepare children for our Prep school”!!! I thought the core purpose was to provide a caring and expansive education for my DC. Perhaps this explains some of what you’re feeling too. I don’t wish to be limited to a factory education for my DC - I will make appropriate school choices at the correct time. I hope that as the new school year progresses more of the previous independent charm re-emerges focusing on our children, not policies and marketing. What do others think?
Please could you share your experiences and thoughts on the nursery as I have been thinking of applying for ds?
My DD just moved to NBH senior having been through NBH since nursery. No balls or running in the prep (never sure which years that actually means!) school or shall I say Gloucester ave site is not new. Tedious but not new!
Sh77, I really have to say that our experience at the nursery was and continues to be excellent. The teachers have all taken the time to know my kids and, certainly in the case of my older child, have instilled a love of learning - kid 1 reads constantly now. And both of our children are honestly excited each morning to go to school. So up to this point, we've been thrilled. Davros'comment also gives me confidence. I had worried that the sudden seeming increase in discipline was new, but it may well be just part of advancing through the stages. The only thing I would say is that it is quite clear from my perspective, based on letters home and comments I'm reading here, as well as from the curriculum meeting this evening, that the administration seems to be aiming at intensifying the academics and upping the school's reputation further. I do think this may mean it loses some of it's homespun soft edges which had initially drawn us in. I'm ambivalent about that. I think it could become a fairly intense environment. But maybe that's what it's always been and I was deluded. I guess time will tell?
I missed the curriculum evening which is a shame. I was reflecting that maybe the increase in formality, policies, rules etc is a tightening up by Cognita after the incident last year with a staff member at their Southbank school. I place child safety very highly, but hope this is not an excuse to homogenise all of Cognita education. NBH has some wonderful teachers and I hope my DC�s teacher is allowed the freedom to keep DC�s days special whilst also educational.
Can anyone who has a child at North Bridge House Senior school please comment on the quality of the teaching? I think this is the most important element of any school, but it's impossible to find out the details other than to ask parents directly. I'm particularly interested in Maths and Sciences. Many thanks
I would help you if I could but DD only started there this term. I'll let you know if I can say anything for certain. All seems very good so far but academics are not our priority although we do expect decent teachers (unlike the dimwit/airhead DD had in year 6 at NBH!)
I will but I'm out all day tomorrow. I won't forget
Horsemadmum, just PMd you. If anyone wants my marvellous insights into NBH Year 6, please let me know, ha ha!
Chatted to Year 2 mums today about a group meeting with the Headmistress this afternoon about staff absence in one of their classes. It will be interesting to hear the outcome, as I am not convinced the situation is unique to Year 2 and worry the upheaval that 2muchcoffee mentions is having a impact on the staff and DCs education.
Oh my, a bit worried looking at all these posts. Am seriously considering NBH for DD at nursery. Am I making a mistake??
Should I be crossing NBH from my DS's list? Hahaha
If you have a son...do not go to Northbridge House Prep !! Their pastoral care is dreadful and their policy on bullying is non existent. The Head is a salesman and does not have your childs interests at heart..only your wallet ! Don't get me started on their year 6 form teacher...He is a bully, an opinion shared by many other parents ! We were called to a meeting because my son had forgotton his trumpet !!! . I have friends who share a similar opinion and have pulled their sons out of the prep school.
I have a child in the class that has seen 3 teachers and two TA since Sept last year at NBH.
It is affecting the education of the children but my understanding is its not a wide spread issue across the school.
The school is going through dramatic changes and they are indeed pushing into a new area and class of school. NBH soft edges are gone or going fast. The pre-prep has not been getting pupils to the level required for the prep and that has now changed. Focus since Christmas has changed and they are now push academics like never before. This is having a dramatic affect on teachers and pupils as they need to push forward fast to get the level righ for the end of the school year.
Their plan is to raise up the league tables and be knows as an academic school of choice to compete as an alternative to High gate. This is not the reason I chose this school. If your not wanting a hot house of academic's first then look at different schools.
Hi I'm interested in NBH senior school but because it's so new there is no information and no reporting, is that a big risk for a child? I have a few years before my son will be 13 so i have time to watch the schools performance, but it would still be interesting to know if anyone has any information or information about the senior school...
I used to know a lot about NBH Senior and Upper Prep when they were based at Gloucester Avenue. A family run business who took the children and parents seriously. Who is the Head these days?
I was going through this theard and like to know more about the North Bridge House Nursery School. We got offer from the school for Sep 2016 Reception class for my son. Please could you guide us whether you are satisfied with the school ? We are looking for the Acedemics school for my son. Thanks in advance for your response.
Please anyone moving to London in September it's been horrible trying to find a school for my son who will be in year 3 all the schools won't accept him on assessments and the ones that are non selective are very few I have a choice btw Saint Nicholas and NBH prep but both reviews on both schools is negative from the parents so I am so stuck! Your advise would be highly appreciated! Thank you!
try sinclair house school in fulham, much nicer!
Thank you sanam! I have just emailed them and waiting to see what they say...I never thought how difficult or stressful getting my kids into london schools would be! And I thought university would be the hardest part obviously not! Thank you will let you know what they say!
Ok I heard back from Sinclair they want him to come for a taster day it's in Fulham and my daughters school is in Camden/Regent's Park and all don't have bus service it's such a mess I don't know what to do...Saint Nicholas has a bus service but is Sinclair that much better than saint Nicolas that's it worth putting my son there? I want to hire a driver but london is so expensive it would probably cost me like 2000 pounds just for him to drop and pick up the kids...any thoughts would be so highly appreciated I have been researching and applying for schools for the past 2 months I am so off everything now 😪
Have you tried Abercorn School? They have a lot of expats so slots often come up as people move. You'd still have to drive him but it will be a much shorter distance.
Coffee break thank you yes I have they didn't have any places...I am in such a dilemma now..we already paid the deposit for my daughters school otherwise I would have stuck her in with her brother...should I just stick with Saint Nicholas or take the plunge and put him in Sinclair instead? Anyone with kids in either school? Or anyone who knows anyone who goes to either school? Sinclair looks more disciplined in comparison to Saint Nicholas which maybe my son needs as he is in an international American school and his standard probably is not as high as the other kids in the U.K.
Staff turnover is extremely high at this school as a result of its Leadership. My observation is that established teachers feel bullied and that the Private Equity backed school is driven primarily to deliver shareholder value.
Ok the thing is I don't have much of a choice except from north bridge (which is ideal because it is close to my daughters school), Knightsbridge school, Sinclair house and Saint Nicholas and everyone has something bad to say about each of them...I am so worried I make the wrong decision by placing my son in a school I will regret later
Rules, regulations, conformity are key at NBH. Anyone slightly of the curve is seen as a trouble maker.
Ok yes but correct me if I am wrong but don't kids sometimes need rules and regulations to discipline them? Is that a bad thing? Also which one in your opinion would you therefore suggest out of the schools I listed? The reason I lean towards north bridge is because it is so close to my daughters school but I know Saint Nicholas and NBh are run by COgnita so that puts them under the same criteria I guess? Anyway will visit all th school mid march so will see for myself but just wanted to know the experience of other parents as their insight is invaluable in such situations. As long as my child is happy and not bullied and academically thriving but not necessarily best of the best I am happy not looking for Saint Paul's or Westminster etc just a good school where he can get in and would have enjoyed his school life experience growing up. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.
Don't know the school but if you look at their leavers destinations they look fine for a non selective school. Bright pupils are getting into the top schools. I don't know how much outside tutoring goes on. But it goes on all over.
There is a lot to be said for proximity. It makes family life so much easier and local friendships.
Yes you are right! Will see for myself when I visit them and if my heart feels good then I will go ahead with it merely for proximity reason. If anyone has anything to warn me on plz let me know till then! Thank you very much guys!
Hello, I was wondering why North Bridge has such a bad reputation (or does it?!?). The Ofstead and other school inspection reports seem pretty positive. The numbers in the classes seem higher than others but child-teacher ratio is maximum 10-1 apparently in reception. Is this too high? Are the facilities really terrible? I know the head teacher was 'forced to leave' 18 months ago as she was not good for the school but have things improved now? I would be really interested to hear form parents of children who are in or went through the school. Many thanks
Hi Mosa4eva- I am in the same position as you were a few months ago, coming from overseas and have to decide between NBH or St Nichlas. Which one did you decide and why? Help!
The nursery looks fantastic! Pre-prep, less fantastic and the prep looked really busy and somewhat chaotic. The school is far too big for us and the facilities need updating. The classrooms felt cramped, dark and too hot! There were many older kids slouching up against a wall in the tiny playgrounds, and some of the teachers weren't in the best of moods. The leavers destinations seem impressive but we are more concerned about our DS feeling lost in the chaos. I have heard that pastoral care has taken a real slide at NBH so because of this plus a whole group of other reasons we have decided to accept an offer elsewhere.
I am so sorry for the late reply! I just saw the message! I wonder what you decided on? We went with north bridge prep. To be honest I was so scared after all the negative reviews I heard. I think parents all look for different criteria for their kids i am not too fussy as long as my kid is happy everything else is an extra for me. I have very happy with my choice. My son in the past month has learnt so much discipline and his maths grades in just one month have improved a lot...he is also being given extra English to help with his language problem. Kids will always be kids everywhere and sometimes they need to be exposed to kids of all sorts but fortunately for now he hasn't faced anything he has made a lot of friends and generally very happy with the head teacher he is lovely and vibrant my son loves him. Hope that helps even though it's too late a reply!
Warning to parents:- this school’s best quality is its commercial enterprise. Teachers have low moral and left the pre-prep school by droves. It was the most unhappy school I have visited and all mums I know who have had the option to move their child from its nursery to another school have done so.
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