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Best primary schools in Cambridge??

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4cookies Thu 25-Feb-10 12:44:54

We'll be moving to Cambridge next fall and are trying to find out which primary schools are best. Any tips on the best areas to live in or schools for our children?

Thank you!

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 07-Feb-17 17:56:29

But state schools wouldn't provide continuity through from 8 until 16 (unless I am misunderstanding what you're after?)

barnaby6 Tue 07-Feb-17 14:23:04

Initially looking at state schools. The age of eight, i.e.within two years, is dictated by our being in residence in a relevant catchment area.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 07-Feb-17 12:20:43

barnaby6 For that age range I assume you mean private - realistically The Perse goes right through as does King's Ely. Both are good but very different schools but it would be worth visiting to see which you feel is the best fit for you.

Sancton Wood does but again a very different school to the above 2 and very small class sizes.

barnaby6 Tue 07-Feb-17 10:20:38

Cambridge : can anyone advise on good schools for eight-year old boys that provide continuity through to sixteen

Authenticp Wed 21-Sep-16 19:15:21

Hi, we move to cambridge in a few weeks. MILTON will be our new hood! Please can uou suggest 3 schools to me, I know at this time of year I wont get much choice. :-)

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Tfc85 Tue 20-Oct-15 23:46:14

Sorry to drag up such an old thread but my family and I are moving to Central Cambridge and St Paul's would be our catchment school.
Does anyone have any up to date information about the school?
Is the discussed head still there?
What are the teachers like? Eldest DS is in year 3, younger DS is in year 1 and DD will be starting school next year so would be interested in any info anyone has.

eminemmerdale Wed 23-Jan-13 20:53:00

Not recently, but I think it's fine grin

Gilby Wed 23-Jan-13 20:43:24

OK, after a little more webwading we've got: 1) Morley Memorial, 2) Queen Edith. Then we're stuck. Anyone know anything about Fawcett?

We live right next door to Addenbrooke's and dc goes to Queen Edith.

I'd look at either Queen Edith or Queen Emma as possibilities.

eminemmerdale Wed 23-Jan-13 19:32:36

It is!

lilackaty Wed 23-Jan-13 19:22:03

We live on the other side of town but I think Morley sounds lovely.

eminemmerdale Wed 23-Jan-13 17:21:26

Morley is lovely - dd is there at the moment and ds left two years ago. Pastoral care is great, teaching is good and there are lots of diffenrent nationalities - some very transient though as there is an academic community who come and go sort of thing. No uniform and a little 'champagne leftie' but on the whole a nice school.

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Gilby Tue 22-Jan-13 20:15:30

Hello. my husband has just got a job in Cambridge and my DD starts school in September. To be in with a chance of getting into the first round of school applications I need to e-mail the council in the next 2 days. We will be living somewhere near Addenbrooke's hospital. I need ideas for the top 3 schools closest to home. So far we have Morley Memorial and Ridgeway as possibles.

washngo Fri 06-Jul-12 14:26:53

Great and little shelford school is lovely, as is the village. V difficult to guarantee a place there due to high demand. Going to church will bump you up the list though! May I recommend stapleford despite its bad last ofsted (not a true representation in many ways) as after that there are lots of positive changes being made which I think will make it a fab school. Stapleford is also a lovely community.

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Tiredofitall123 Sat 30-Jun-12 21:31:46

I wouldn't bother looking at Newnham croft - there are about 5 staff members leaving all at once!!!! that should tell you something and i know for a fact that parents are really unhappy with all the changes and are taking their children out. not to mention their satisfactory OFSTED report, all in all it seems that the school is going downhill fast!!!!!!!!

Cambs Tue 22-Nov-11 14:47:04

Does anyone have any experience of the Spinney or Queen Ediths? We have been to see them both and they are very different schools. Are there any advantages/disadvantages of a bigger school? I'm not sure the Ofsted reports are that important, it looks like they transcribe a lot of the previous reports.

Somebody asked about Little/Great Shelford - it is supposed to be a good school and Little/Great Shelford are pretty affluent villages. It is a C of E school and their admissions criteria takes into account whether the parents are regular worshippers.

This is the link for Cambridge admissions and if you look at the First Steps pdf it indicates how oversubscribed each school was last year.

thaiapple Mon 07-Nov-11 13:33:44

I can tell you about the Primary school in Swavesey Village up north west from Cambridge along the A14. The school is good and gets good scores from ofsted and the kids score good on tests. My impression is that the kids are bit noisy/ rowdy and the teachers strict. The English system seems to be focussed more on learning math/ English in a formal way, while in other countries learning-through-play gets more emphasis. Each primary school is very different because it are the teachers and students together who make up up the school. I'd very much appreciate if people describe here the schools they know.

MovingAndScared Sat 30-Jul-11 13:59:47

Hi - its really dependant on where you are living which school you go to in general -most people in the villages go to the local school unless there is a good reason -and really its best as then DC has friends near by - and if you need school pick off/drop that is easier - I am sure the school mentioned will NOT be in one of the south villages - and it may be out of date anyway
ring the local authority - cambridge county council - and find out which schools have places in the areas you are interesting in living - you can't apply until you have a signed tenancey agreement
have a look at the ofsted reports
and have a look at the cambridge local mumsnet section there are some thread on schools theretoo

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