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Ol288 Wed 06-Dec-17 14:33:34

Hi all
It's been a stressful few months and we have made the decision to move our daughter from her high school.

Looking at Hutchesons Grammar and St Aloysius. We are keen on a medium size school which is nurturing and has good pastoral care support. Anyone with any experience of either schools?


TrollTheRespawnJeremy Wed 06-Dec-17 21:19:31

I'd choose St Aloysius over Hutchesons. I had a lot of friends at Hutchesons and neither they nor I can fathom what on earth their parents paid for.

Ol288 Thu 07-Dec-17 00:10:29

That's interesting. Why do you say that?

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Thu 07-Dec-17 14:20:19

I think they expected it to give them a head start and open up better opportunities later in life but really they did as well as anybody else in their exams etc.

From a mental health perspective the knowledge that your parents are paying through the nose for you to attend can be quite stressful.

Would she not be better jst switching high school or going to East Ren? ?

Lidlfix Thu 07-Dec-17 16:25:54

How does the (constant) emphasis on Jesuit philosophies sit? There is Wee holy statement that they have to sign each piece of work off with. But then I'm a state school teacher thinking of my Wee spuds who might struggle to write that in a lesson.

Ol288 Sun 10-Dec-17 11:32:36

Thanks for your replies. Good to hear various opinions. I agree it can be financially stressful.
We did think about switching schools but a bit disillusioned with the local school system. My daughter will do well academically anywhere ... it's the other bits that I am worried about.

I am not Catholic but don't oppose their philosophies. Good ones to live by I think.

WaxOnFeckOff Sun 10-Dec-17 15:39:26

I am not Catholic but don't oppose their philosophies. Good ones to live by I think.

The cover up of the rape of children kind of does that in for me. imo you will get the best pupil support in the schools covering more deprived areas (always a hit or a miss though and just going on what friends and colleagues tell me) but your DD would be unlikely to get that as she already has parental support. She would be far down the list. I think you are left with just finding a school where she has the opportunity to make friends that are of a similar mindset to her. She will get more support from a decent friendship group than from school/teachers who will probably have higher priorities.

Seniorcitizen1 Fri 15-Dec-17 18:00:10

WaxOn - child abuse is not a catholic doctrine same as not one of scouts or private schools or football clubs etc etc etc.

WaxOnFeckOff Fri 15-Dec-17 19:10:55

Senior - the difference with other organisations is that the people at the top didn't routinely brush it under the carpet on a massive scale and simply move the perpetrators to new areas where they could carry it on. The abuse in the catholic church is massive. Other organisations have had much smaller issues and much less cover up....and also don't pretend that they are better than everyone else at the same time. Awful money grabbing, child raping, child abusing bastards. The organisation is toxic.

Seniorcitizen1 Fri 15-Dec-17 21:50:28

Wax - yes they did. All large organisations seek to protect the organisation at the expense of the individual, whatever the crime

WaxOnFeckOff Fri 15-Dec-17 22:09:41

I can't understand why you are minimising the biggest child abuse cover up in the world senior but we are going to have to agree to disagree here.

Madhousemummy Wed 20-Dec-17 10:27:40

OI we lost confidence in our state school and recently moved our daughter to Hutchesons’ - I would say it is one of the best decisions we have made. The school is extremely nurturing and in the short time my daughter has been there her confidence has came on leaps and bounds and she is doing extremely well academically due to the amount of teacher time compared to her last school. The children in her class are lonely and she has an exceptional teacher and she genuinely loves going to school. If I can help any further please PM me.

Kr1st1na Wed 20-Dec-17 10:31:10

Hutchie is good but there are many state high schools in East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire which are just as good.

Would you consider these options for your daughter or are you set on private ?

Also which side of the city do you live on ? The High School is excellent .

Ol288 Wed 20-Dec-17 16:44:00

Madhousemummy, will pm you. Thank you!

Kr1st1na, she is already in one of the better schools. Doing well academically but it's not the most nurturing environment. Have since chatted with a few folk and it sounds like private schools do well at nurturing a well rounded individual. I think we are set on private rather than moving to another state school.
Have heard great things about the High School. Looking into Glasgow academy too. They all seem lovely!

Seniorcitizen1 Fri 22-Dec-17 15:31:46

WaxOn - not minimising as it was an appalling scandle. Just giving some context as RC not alone in this. If you live in west of scotland you will know of the anti- catholic bigotry tjat is rife and many use child abuse as a further excuse for tjeir bigotry

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