Advanced search

Ashby School vs Wymondham College

(19 Posts)
dedot Thu 27-Dec-12 04:45:33

Any comments for Ashby School, Leicester and Wymondham College, Norwich, according to their rankings are +800 & +600 resp., which one is better?

OnlyWantsOne Thu 27-Dec-12 05:02:45

I went to wymondham col smile

dedot Thu 27-Dec-12 05:27:19

Would you comment Wymondham College?

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Dec-12 05:42:34

Are to talking about weekly or termly boarding?

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Dec-12 05:42:53

Are you, sorry

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Dec-12 07:24:34

And how old is the child? It's a boy I presume, if you are looking at Ashby for boarding.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 27-Dec-12 08:12:37

I boarded at Wymondham. I enjoyed it. But I didn't feel that it lives up to its reputation as a fab school. It was good & varied & I left with good results.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 27-Dec-12 08:13:39

Pastoral care was excellent there though and I was very well looked after by the matrons in house & there was a doctor there & a nurse you could go and see.

OnlyWantsOne Thu 27-Dec-12 08:15:41

Should add that Wym had a very heavy population of military kids (state boarding, MOD will pay fees as I understand, or a % of them any way).

dedot Thu 27-Dec-12 09:04:01

Have any comments for Ashby School? She is upgraded to Academy w.e.f. Oct 12 as I understand. What's the diff. of state boarding school n academy?

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Dec-12 09:34:22

I was not aware that it has become an academy school and I really don't know what actual difference that makes to the school itself - perhaps it is merely about how it is funded/managed?

OK, I have visited both these schools and I know a bit more about Ashby than I do about Wymondham in a personal level. The reason I asked about boarding and the age of your child is this:

Both are day schools and boarding, which means that the boarders tend to be very much in the minority - particularly at Ashby. As they get older (and into 6th form especially) the boarders can find it very difficult to integrate with the day pupils outside of school hours, at evenings and weekends as they have very little freedom and autonomy compared to the day pupils. They can go out independently, in theory, but not much to be honest, and they have to get permission in place from their parents in advance, so spontaneous trips out at weekends with friends who are not boarders is not terribly easy. As a result they are encouraged to do everything pretty much together. Some kids will love that, others will find it incredibly restrictive and depressing, especially if they are new to boarding and are already quite used to an element of freedom and independence at home.

Many pupils in both these schools go home every weekend, which can leave termly boarders at a loose end and they can get very bored and stir crazy. If that is a risk for your child I would say pick the school with the largest number of regular/termly boarders in your child's age group, which would probably be Wymondham.

Both are lovely schools with lovely grounds and lovely facilities - Ashby's boarding house is superb, but Wymondham has the edge on outdoor space. Ashby is very close to the small town centre, which can be a plus, or a frustration, depending on the nature of your child! It's a bit tough to have it on your doorstep if you are not allowed to walk into town unaccompanied. Whereas Wymondham is much more rural/remote, so there is less temptation to sneak off, but Norwich is closer to Wymondham than Leicester is to Ashby, iyswim. A teenager who wants wall to wall action might go nuts at Wymondham unless they throw themselves into every sport going, as there is literally nowhere to get to on foot.

The staff at the boarding house at Ashby are fab. Lots of the senior boarders are international, particularly Chinese. I know less about the inner workings of Wymondham, but although i think it is probably a more impressive school it felt slightly less homely to me. Having said that I would still consider sending my child to either school.

FellatioNelson Thu 27-Dec-12 09:35:10

on a personal level, sorry, it's this the bloody autocorrect!

dedot Thu 27-Dec-12 13:07:04

Thanks so much your comments on the both schools, my son is 14yrs old. There is so hard to choose either one.

guineapiglet Thu 27-Dec-12 16:35:16

I went to WyColl a long long time ago- tried to get my own kids in there some time ago when we were contemplating a family move , and a friend is currently trying to get her child into 6th form <hellishly competitive> - I was told wouldnt get child in even if lived half a mile away, it is very selective now, a child who is very sporty or musical would thrive there. Will you be living nearby? In the UK? - I am very very biased towards Norfolk, it is a great county and Norwich is a fabulous city. Wycoll is about 8 miles S of Norwich, and very much its own place, as Fellatio says, there really is nowhere to escape to, so once you are there, Wymondham is on your doorstep, a lovely market town, and there is obviously the coast for--beach parties--educational trips. Results are excellent and the new buildings are stunning, a far cry from the day of nissen huts and condemned dining halls < aah, they were the days>> Friends visited for recent 6th form evening and were very impressed with range, pastoral care etc - sorry cannot comment on other school you mention, but if you want any more info let me know.

Zeusrules Thu 27-Dec-12 20:13:45

I have a child in year 11 at Wymondham College and he loves it, wouldn't even consider anywhere else for 6th form. Let me know if you have any specific quesions

dedot Fri 28-Dec-12 15:12:35

Thanks guineapiglet and Zeusrule, if I hv queries, I will consult with you.

Ra88 Tue 01-Jan-13 22:03:24

I went to ashby school and my younger brother (16yrs) is currently at the school but not boarding . It is a fab school , highly recommend .

dedot Fri 04-Jan-13 08:15:27


Would you talk more about Ashby School, such as school envoirnment, students attitudes etc. because my son will admit for full boarding.

pandy123 Fri 19-Apr-13 18:21:07

could you possibly give me any info regarding wymondham college, as slightly confused! If we wanted our child to board there, is it quite easy to get a place, if suitable for boarding? , If they get through the interview process, are they then put in a lottery? or is that only if over subscribed?
also do sometimes local children board?

many thanks.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: