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Mile End Primary School

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ajbbiz Thu 18-Dec-14 12:29:07


Can anyone tell me if Mile End Primary Aberdeen is a good school. Thanks in advance.

atonofwashing Thu 18-Dec-14 14:14:47

Hi ajbbiz,

It used to be a bit of a feeder school for the private sector. So yes, it probably was good.

It has been rebuilt, I believe, and the have included a special unit for special needs inc behavioural issues, so I am not sure it has quite the same reputation anymore.

That's what I have heard, and not what I have experienced.

sorry can't be of more help. Can you get some word on the street?

ajbbiz Thu 18-Dec-14 16:21:16

Hi Atonofwashing

First of all, I love your username it made me chuckle haha.

Unfortunately I cannot get hold of any word on the street. I thought I may get some info on here. It's the word on the street I'm after really.

Thanks for your info, it's much appreciated.

youmakemydreams Thu 18-Dec-14 16:31:55

Mile End like was said used to be a sought after school for the private sector. There was a bit of a shift to Hazelhead primary for that purpose over a few years and they have a new purpose built school.
Mike End is now really sought after for their special needs facilities because unlike the bases in most Aberdeen schools it is almost like a mainstream and a separate special needs school together.
Whether it is a good school or not that would depend on what you mean by good school?

atonofwashing Thu 18-Dec-14 19:18:31

Hi again,

I did think abt the word on the street comment. Forgive me, daft I know...
I guess I meant stuff like any nursery groups etc...
Are there other schools in your catchment area?
Are u in Aberdeen, or looking to move there?
Might be an idea to check council website to see if you can find any other schools in your (proposed) catchment area, or indeed if they go into detail about residential areas that feed into the schools.

I know that airyhall has a good reputation, but had heard to avoid hazlehead... Again, only what I've heard. I have also heard catchment areas are tightening up.

Might be an idea to get your feet on the street and check out who's hanging around outside the school after drop off and pick up, if you can. We did that and it's a great way to help work out if you think it's the school for you.

If you get no other offer but Mile End and you don't like it, you can always check for places in your preferred schools and then move when a space becomes available. Council may have waiting lists?

Hope that helps a bit, and hope someone with links to mile end can help.

Good luck!

atonofwashing Thu 18-Dec-14 19:44:05

Ps, did u post this on the Aberdeenshire local chat site?
I think this thread is on the uk wide one, where very specific chat might not get picked up.

Apologies if you have already done that.


ajbbiz Thu 18-Dec-14 22:19:41

Hi Atonofwashing

Thanks for all your info. I'm new to mumsnet haven't had the chance to have a good look around the website.

Thanks again!

SquirrelledAway Thu 25-Dec-14 23:36:14

You could also look at Ashley Road?

Spurtle Fri 26-Dec-14 18:35:20

I used to work at Mile End, a few years ago now though. It's a good school in that it's an affluent catchment area where parents have high expectations of their children and support their education. The down side is that as its close to the hospital, the turnover of pupils is higher than normal because of Drs on 6 month/1year /2 year rotations. I'm not sure if that's a down side as far as the kids are concerned though, but it certainly was for the staff.

ajbbiz Fri 26-Dec-14 18:51:54

Thanks for the information!

JennyBlueWren Sun 28-Dec-14 20:13:50

I did supply there a few years ago and found it to be a decent enough school with the usual positives and negatives of a new-build. It's good for wrap around care too. Good grounds too for a city school.
What are your other options? Feel free to PM about schools in Aberdeen.

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