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Belmont Holmbury st Mary/Longacre(4 Posts)
Any views on these schools for a bright non sporty child. I want pastoral care but strong teaching and a good part to 11 plus academic (although not top tier like Kings/Hampton) secondary schools.
Both have similar balance of strengths and weaknesses. Belmont is quite cosy, small and outdoorsy. It goes to 16 now so probably less focus on 11+, however much they say they still do prep for it.
Longacre is well liked. I personally wasn't sure on it when I looked around (I'm a teacher so saw things perhaps other parents wouldn't). It gets pupils into good schools at 11+. I found it a bit backwards in ways and lacking spark but that was partly personal opinion of what I like in a school.
If you are looking for tier below Hampton/Kings/RGS then I guess you are thinking of St John's, Reids, Freemans, Epsom? Perhaps look at Feltonfleet, Danes Hill, Ripley Court, Parkside, Millbourne Lodge, Aldro, Lanesborough, Edgeborough, Highfield & Brookham etc location depending? They all strongly feed into those academic schools.
I have also heard good reports re L what were the backwards elements you were worried about? I’m keen fir access to Reigate Or St John’s Or possibly more my child is probably top quartile/third having had a profess run all view but lacks confidence. L dies seem to get kids into those 2nd tier and indeed first tier schools like RGS Guildford. Concerned B might be a bit less academically and the going to 16 is a concern. Lanesborough might be too much as I’ve heard it’s really for high flyers and you need to be in that competitive mode have heard pastoral care string there tho. V grateful for your views.
I would go and look at longacre and decide for yourself.
If you are keen for Reigate then look at their preps - Chinthurst and St Mary's and places like Downsend are good for st johns etc.
My son wasn't a high flier at lanesborough but loved it. I always think if they get a place then it means it will be a good school for them. If they don't, it's a sign to look elsewhere.
You have so many choices to be honest as you're being realistic re senior choices.