Croydon Catholics (Croydon RC Schools)(50 Posts)
As one of several Catholic posters in the Croydon area, I want to know where you (the other Catholics) will be sending your kids to this autumn?
Will you go for John Fisher (even though it isn't selective any more? As some other posters have pointed out this school stopped selecting its boys via interviews, tests and exams in 1999/2000) or perhaps Thomas More (which I hear has improved) or will you go further afield to The London Oratory (which stopped selecting boys and parents with interviews in 2006).
Finally would anyone go the route of Sutton Grammars or Croydon Independents because of the lack of selective Catholic schools today?
I agree with ‘’Surreydadcoolest’’. I feel some of the users have misjudged ‘’PWB’’ ‘s comments in this thread. She’s merely made a rational analysis and expressed it on this forum.
It’s true and very obvious that ‘’while flight’’ has occurred in many Catholic comprehensive schools (and other comprehensive schools) in Greater London over the past 10-15 years.
I attended an inner-city Catholic comprehensive school in South East London until 1999. Approximately 70% of the pupils were white when I attended. Today, approximately 6% of the pupils that attend this school are white. I attend Mass at the parish church whose primary school is one of the feeder school (I have been a member of this parish since infancy). Many of the white Catholic parents at my parish church now send their children to independent or grammar schools which has resulted in the secondary schools near where I live becoming extremely segregated by race and class. The Catholic comprehensive schools (and other comprehensive schools) mainly consist of relatively poor, BME, working class children. The independent and grammar schools mainly consist of affluent, white, middle class children.
It’s a real shame this situation has occurred. I believe children should integrate with other pupils from an array of races and backgrounds during their time at school.
Surreydad - she doesn't. On other threads she has said that she would love a faith school but where she lives there isn't one. I'm sure she sends her DCs to grammar but could afford to go indi.
I feel for ercroydonmum because her ds would get in now and she is no less catholic than she was then! There isn't that type of selection now (thank the lord) and to put the cat among the pigeons, I personally don't agree with indi schools anyway. It upsets the equilibrium and doesn't give a true picture of the community you live in.
I think what RussiansOnTheSpree wants is a selective school and Trinity provides that, she may well have been happy with JF or Coloma when they were interviewing parents about their occupations and their sons hobbies and interests!
It's well known that your kids go to trinity. You are all over the trinity threads every year! And so rude as well. Typical private school parent really. Buying privilege for yourself while peddling the lie that Catholics don't contribute to their schools - both Coloma and Fisher were founded and built by Catholics. The state wanted to bring them in to the system. The state probably couldn't afford to buy the land. The state gets the use of that land for free. Catholics have to pay 10% of the funding for their schools even though catholic parents pay as much tax (in my case, more) as other people.
BTW, I'm delighted you took the time to find out where my sons go to school. Tell me, being excluded from any of the faith schools and having a free choice, which would you go for: Trinity or Quest? Personally, I wasn't prepared to gamble my child's future on Quest - maybe you feel differently.
I suggest you learn to read, Russians. If you could, you will notice that I said state funded. I don't expect anyone else to pay for my child's selective education, why should the state pay for a faith based education?
IMO any form of education selected on faith should be only available in the fee-paying sector. ie not state funded. State schools should be open to all.
@Not I suggest you take the plank out of your own eye before worrying about the mote in others. Trinity is a far bigger blight on the education provision in Croydon than Coloma or Fisher.
Personally, I will rejoice when state funded faith schools are abolished.
Gumquat I completely agree, posters like PWB and her type want a return to some of the selection policies schools like John Fisher operated during the 90s or others like The Oratory did until very recently.
As a mother who failed to gain admission to JF I know it can be frustrating but over the passage of time you realise how selective schooling is unfair. We opted for an Indie in the end having failed to secure a place at JF: but if I could have my time over I would consider sending him to a lesser school like Thomas More.
Just consider how selective and unfair JF was in its admissions: the school banned any applicants from putting any of the grammars in neighbouring Sutton or any other schools as first choice, Fisher did not want to be anyone's back-up, it was taking boys from many miles away over Catholic boys living just a few minutes from the school. And the interviews were disgraceful, okay there was some 'catholicity' element to them, I recall some religion-based questions for sure, but most of the interview was contrived to see how well suited my DS was to the homework regime, what we were like as parents, what my child's interests were, how he felt he could contribute to the school.
Also (although I cannot prove this!) I suspect the school was looking at DS's SAT scores and judging boys on aptitude. Laleham Lea (Fisher's Indi Prep) was highly successful in getting boys into Fisher and making the most of the boys in their reports.
So that's interview selection tick, parental selection on socio-economic grounds tick, selection based on previous school attended tick.
Let's hope we never go back to selective faith schools.
I've found this thread pretty shocking. It seems that what most people here want is a selective school, not a Catholic school, with ideally as few non whites and non middle class students as possible. I teach in a Catholic comprehensive school where 50% of the students are black, and there's a state Grammar school down the road - I imagine if you lived in my area you would suddenly become less attached to Catholic education . . .
@Angel I've namechanged recently but you will guess who I am. We had one girl join in the 4th year who wasn't a catholic. Other than that, until the 6th form, I can't think of anyone who wasn't. In fact, the non Catholics at St Ann's had to leave when the merger happened. IIRC there was a girl in the W form (after you all changed when St Ann's merged) who lived in Brixton, and one who joined your year in the 4th year who lived in Reigate (one of the singers). Actually, thinking about it, there was one other girl who joined your year in the 4th year who wasn't catholic, I think she specifically joined for the music plus she had just moved to the area. But other than that it was pretty much all catholic all the way.
AngelEyes were you at Coloma when they were selecting by exam or by interview?
I'm actually interested in what an earlier poster said to PWB about her 'hankering for the old days' I have an idea for a new thread based on this, so watch this space!
I am amazed! I thought Coloma accepted girls who are non RC at 6th form but not at year 7. Looking on the link, I think a year 7 applicant would still need to meet the 'normal' admission criteria though.
When I went to Coloma there were girls travelling from all over the country but that was when they selected. Distance will play a much greater role due to the criteria being so diluted.
Bede's/JF/Coloma - all good schools with good results.
see link above, this is the music scholarship Coloma offers some of it's girls at 11+ and 16+.
Bede's is a good school in a nice part of the world; it was obviously never on par with JF or Coloma when they were selective schools but it is now certainly a match for JF. Some parents still send their boys from Redhill, Reigate and other parts of Surrey to John Fisher if they want single sex education.
On Coloma, I remember a friend's sister who used to travel from Brighton to get to Coloma every day.
Surreydad - as far as I know Coloma doesn't offer scholarships, in fact, up to this year (2013 intake), their admission criteria was tiered, i.e. you gained more points if your DD was baptised under 6 months, then a year, then 18 months. This year, they have stipulated to under 6 months and any dd over 6 months comes down to distance. They have also taken away the criteria as to what you/your dd does for the church and wider community. They admit 150 so if there are 151 that apply with under 6m baptism distance will apply. I am sure that they will go out as far as Reigate assuming that the dd has been baptised under 6m but distance definitely plays a bigger part in their admission.
With you living in Reigate, I have heard many good reports on St Bede's and some of my friends DCs go there (and are delighted with it). Has St Bede's been talked about in your circle?
Look a lot of what is being written is here is irrelevant to the school back then. All the John Fisher selection policy did was offer 200 Catholic parents from the the SE the chance to get their kids into a great school on the basis of ability or interview selection at the end of what was a long and arduous selection process.
If you have a Catholic school with a 100 or so places up for grabs and 300-500 boys applying, their applications being screened and then the final 2-300 being interviewed- well... you were left with a very good crop of young boys.
What it did was provide parents with a degree of choice about whether to send their kids to super-selective faith schools like Fisher and Oratory, as well as the Tiffins and Sutton Grammars or to Whitgift and Trinity or other independents. There were boys from good families or musically gifted boys for that matter from some rough parts of London and SE and they were given the chance at a good education.
We go to church close to Reigate and believe me there isn't the choice on offer these days, with the lack of highly selective faith schools save for Coloma and Oratory as previously discussed some parents are starting to put their boys into prep schools in the hope of a Grammar school place or scholarship to an independent.
A number of girls are applying to Coloma for 2013 entry this autumn from Reigate so I imagine the competition will be fierce for LO & Coloma as usual- Coloma still offer scholarships at 11 and 16+
Not sure if this relates as to where this thread has moved onto but thought it may be interesting to share.
I asked my boys the percentage of black and asian in their year and they said about 20%. The school set and they span across the highest to the lowest sets fairly equally. When Surreydad attended JF it was 8% so although there has been an increase, there has been migration into Croydon.
It also may be true to say that if the same boys had applied back in the 'selection' period, they would have still got in!
Well 'Gobnait' I had my boys at Fisher's prep and he failed his interview and religion test for JF and we had to send him miles away to Worth (a Catholic Indie in Sussex)
This was a hugely stressful time for our family and my DS. I also know a number of boys who went to the London Oratory from Laleham Lea- to be quite honest both LO and John Fisher were highly selective and about at as bad as each other when it came to selecting its cohort.
Your friend either does not remember the interview or (as SurreyDad says) was there either side of the selection policy.
You definetely have the right school, but it's highly likely that your friend joined in 1990/91 or 99/2000 either side of the selection policy.
At the time the school was one of just a few highly selective Catholic schools which interviewed, tested or examined it's pupils and it was very oversubscribed, but since it ended its selection policy (and as you will no doubt have picked up from the previous posters on this thread) it is now no longer selective but still in relatively high demand.
On the London Oratory: it tended to have more London-boys and boys from Hertfordshire, Middlesex etc whereas John Fisher tended to interview and examine boys from further south (Surrey, some parts of Kent, East Sussex and South London) but of course there were boys from both schools who lived closer to one but still went to the other.
I'm a bit confused re comments on the exclusivity of JF in the 90s; seems totally at odds with what I know about the school. Knew a guy who went there and he said that it was always considered a poor substitute for the London Oratory (he didn't get into the london Oratory as he didn't fulfill the catholicity element )
He never had to do an interview or prove mass attendance or any of that palaver to get in. Apparently it is really sought after now but not then.
Just to be clear, it is the John Fisher school in Purley that's being discussed, apologies if I'm barking up the wrong tree!
In my life I have never seen such awful comments, so what if John Fisher is now a less selective, less exclusive school? If you really desire for your DS & DDs to attend highly selective schools then you will go for the Etons, The London Oratorys, the Colomas, The Winchesters, state or private there will always be selective schools to a greater or lesser degree.
Surreydad, just consider yourself lucky to have attended a selective school your parents did not have to pay for and everybody else just stop with all this nonsense!
We should all be careful about jumoing down PWBs throat what she says is wrong and her phraseology is a little bit out of date. But her heart is in the right place. This is something that young mums down at our local parish are actively discussing as in ''where do us Surrey parents send our kids when some of the schools we attended are no longer resembling the great schools they once were''.
On the whole racial thing I completely disagree with you PWB- but you are right to say that there has been a white flight. When I was at John Fisher out of the 100 boys selected I can remember 3 black boys, 5-6 asians and the rest were white. But this could have so much more to do with White English parents who were able to come across as more articulate, my parents were questioned about their professions and WMC people tend to be in 'higher-level' jobs. I'm not agreeing with all of these selection methods only saying that they were a feature of my school for ten years.
I apologise for my comments further bsck. Totally got the wrong end of the stick and shouldnt have posted what I did.
Someone asked what criteria I base my school choice on. It's "pastoral care" everytime as if they get that right then largely the rest falls into place if you have good teaching. My son's Catholic school has outstanding pastoral care and support. We are not in Croyden though and as DS was only baptized a year ago I doubt he'd get a place in a Catholic school there.
PWB .....perhaps my previous comments still apply where you are concerned.
pwb hankers for the days when they would interview you to see if you were white enough for their school.
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