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George Abbot/Howard of Effingham info

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lme30005 Sat 13-Oct-12 08:24:06

I'm looking at local schools and wondered if anyone had any knowledge of George Abbot or Howard of Effingham. I read the Good Schools Guide reports and George Abbot seemed to be better even though I've previously heard better things about Howard. I'm a bit worried about the size of George Abbot - will my DS get completely lost in the crowd?
I know both would be quite hard to get into, catchment wise

homebythesea Sat 13-Oct-12 08:45:35

Depends very much where you live- catchments for each nowhere near each other. Howard entrance requirements pretty much mean you need to be at one of the local feeder primaries or have a sibling already there- v few other places depending on the birth year. Both good academics, handful of Oxbridge each year etc.

mummytime Sat 13-Oct-12 12:25:40

George abbot is amazing at making sure no kids fall down the cracks, much better than a lot of smaller schools. It's large size does mean there are more opportunities, there are numerous clubs and societies eg. 4 or more different style choirs. There is also more chance of finding kids with the same interests in such a big group.
However the Howard is a very good school too.
The best way to choose is where you live, and which school you can get your child into.

cece Sat 13-Oct-12 14:06:49

Many of my friends have children at George Abbott. They are all very happy with it as a general rule.

thatisnotanoption Sun 14-Oct-12 23:36:41

DS1 at the Howard. So far we have been impressed with the school, the care shown by the teachers and the progress made by DS1 despite a "can't be bothered" attitude. DS1's friends all seem very happy too.

Last Head of School only stayed for 2 years and temporary arrangement in place for this academic year. Could be changes with appointment of new Head for September 2013.

lme30005 Tue 16-Oct-12 21:38:38

Mummytime - George Abbot sounds like it might be ok then, despite its size. I hadn't thought of the size of the school being a good thing, with more activities etc. Will have to arrange a tour. I take they won't look at me strangely if I say my DS is only in year 4?

homebythesea Tue 16-Oct-12 22:05:22

Far too early- you have no idea what catchments will be in 2 years time! Honestly just leave it till next year when everyone will be doing applications

cece Tue 16-Oct-12 22:09:05

You've missed the day tours - they were 2 or 3 weeks ago and I assume you've also missed the open evening for this year too.

Go to the open evenings in Year 5 and the day tours in Year 6. That's what most people do.

lme30005 Tue 16-Oct-12 22:45:55

Ok, thanks. Hopefully it would leave us long enough to move as we'd have to be moved and applying in 2 years time. Don't want to get ahead of myself though!

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