Parish CE School Bromley(9 Posts)
My dd has just started year one in this school and I am so so unhappy. It's just horrible and I have no idea what to do about it. All local schools are full and I feel very sad I have made such a mistake.
It's a horrible place to be a parent, very hard to get in and out of the building. All the parents and kids go through one gate which is at it's smallest one metre wide. They say a new gate is coming soon. When the children start the day they all go through the same gate and it's really scary because so many parents are there and you feel as if you are pushed along by the crowds.
At the end of the day it's the same problem, massive overcrowding and trying to get around parked cars and cars leaving the school. You never get to see the teachers because they aren't there in the morning and in the afternoon it's too packed.
If you complain about anything you the head teacher puts snide remarks in the news letter.
The saddest thing was that when my DD was in reception they weren't allowed to do a nativity.
I wish I could home school her I'm that unhappy. She is making poor progress and I feel trapped.
I have friends with children in YR, Y2 and Y3. They agree the gate issue is a nightmare and it is uncertain when it is solved.
One of my friends is also concerned how pushy the school is, it seems 50% of the y3 children have a tutor to keep up. My DD is in another school in Bromley, also Y3 and while demanding a lot less so.
Bromley is bad with schools. I think if you are truly unhappy you could try to put her on The waiting list for other schools in your area but I also heard mixed results from Scott's Park and St. Joseph.
I have heard similar comments about the school, it took additional bulge classes a couple of years ago and apparently has suffered because of it.
Not sure whereabouts in the Parish catchment you are but is Valley Primary a possibility?
Most of Bromley schools are oversubscribed but you could try Pickhurst as it has a large catchment area.
Put her on the waiting list for other schools.
Also send an email to the governors, not the head. You might get somewhere then...
I'm really sorry you feel that about the school. Hopefully the issue with the overcrowding at drop off should be eased when the new gate/path is opened.
If you feel like this, have you tried talking to the headmaster?
The governors (of which I am one) are available to talk if you need us.
I'd say put your name down on waiting lists for other schools, there's a lot of movement in Bromley schools. Mine are at St George's, is that a possibility for you?
Am also a Mum to a Y1 child at Parish.
Really sad you feel like that. Have you tried talking to the head?
How is your child getting on? I would personally try to speak to the head rather than change schools. But that's just my opinion.
Drop off and collection can be busy but I just write a little note asking to speak to teacher at end of the day if I need to. Hopefully when the new path opens things will calm down.
I loved the little production that they put on last Christmas. Thought it was so much better than a whole year thing. Really sweet.
Hope you manage to sort things out with either the head or governors. I've found both to be very helpful and approachable.
Parish isn't great sadly. All of what you say is true and I thought it was sad that the reception kids didn't get to put tea towels on their heads and refuse to sing. In my experience neither the head or governors are much use. If you are that unhappy then put your kids name down at other schools.
Why does he write those comments in the newsletter?
And I too hate being squashed as I drag my kids through that tiny gap and I wonder why we can't walk down the road bit and cars aren't allowed in just at school pick up and drop off.
Well at least the field is nice, for endless running around in circles... As my dd in year 6 says.
Sorry don't mean to offend the governor who replied but I've had reason to speak to a few and have given up trying now. At least my kids are almost out.
Parish.. worst school ever it's so bad!! Avoid at all costs! Going down hill by the day.. list of reasons why is endless! In process of a transfer. They do not want to know if your child has any special needs. The overall attitude is appalling!
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