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NW3 private school - Heathside prep or Sarum Hall?

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DianeWithoutE Mon 17-Oct-16 13:46:58

I've spent hours and hours on Mumsnet hauling over the old posts, and yet my questions remain unresolved, so I'm asking for help please!

For an October girl, who is quiet and creative (meaning messy at this stage), which one of the two schools would you choose?

I like that there is more freedom at Heathside, spending time on the heath every other day, having forest school lessons and lots of hands-on practical studies of habitats, rivers, animals etc. for science.

But I'm concerned if the slightly chaotic environment will mean that teaching will be less efficient, the teachers need to be extremely good at classroom management if they don't ask children to sit quietly and they may have to waste quite a bit of time getting the kids back into a calm state ready to learn? Also, the library and several classrooms are so so small.

On the other hand, Sarum Hall does an amazing job keeping everyone and everything super organised. It was a bit of a cultural shock to me when students stood up to address the headmistress and waited to be dismissed. So I'm worried that the education may be too formal and Victorian, which does not foster spontaneity in my already shy girl who is a bit socially awkward.

Local mums, or those who know the 2 schools well, how would you choose between them? Is my thinking process strange and unnecessary? Thanks a lot!

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