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The Trinity-Whitgift thread of 2013 continued

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Somelikeithott Sat 16-Feb-13 16:46:17

Hi all as I posted on previous thread, I realised we had hit the 1000 mark, do felt obliged to open a new one. Hope everyone finds this thread easily

hardboiled Sat 16-Feb-13 16:55:51

Very happy for your DS racegirl.
And for your boy Burnt.
And everyone else I am forgetting.
Gosh I sound like an Oscar winner.

suz742 Sat 16-Feb-13 16:56:56

Racegirl did you get your bursary info from the school or Whitgift Foundation?After yesterday's trauma of my 'missing' bursary I am anxious to get my hands on the letter stating the correct fees. I won't feel 100% until I see it in black and white. Thanks

GetMeOut Sat 16-Feb-13 17:38:29

My DS was on the wait list for 10+ last year at T and was offered a place on March 8th. So still a long time to go before all this settles out I'm afraid. However, as someone else has already mentioned only a few points separates them all and those on the wait list are not considered 2 nd best at all. The Head at T actually phoned me twice to talk this through with me and stress that he really did want my DS but was constrained by class size. When the offer eventually came through I was so pleased as i knew this was the best choice for my Ds This has proved to be correct and with the fantastic teaching and pastoral care he had really thrived there and is excited to go to school ( something I had not seen before ! ) His half term grade report was absolutely great and he is in no way struggling. So please do hang on if you can and don't give up hope or feel that waiting list is second best.

GETASHLEY Sat 16-Feb-13 17:58:09

we will be turning down a full fee place at W, and a scholarship place at T, DS was in the 10+ group, so hoping that it gives somebody on the waiting list a chance.

FatalFlowerGarden Sat 16-Feb-13 18:08:54

getashley, have you decided to take a place elsewhere, or resit next year? Feel free to ignore if I'm being too nosey btw !

GETASHLEY Sat 16-Feb-13 18:22:27

Don't worry not nosey! We thought based on income that we would qualify for bursary but as we have equity in our home we don't qualify! If we did remortgage then the monthly repayments would be tough plus have school trips etc, so state primary for another year and then back to drawing board for us!!

Best of luck to others, will be calling schools on Monday to decline offers!!

Somelikeithott Sat 16-Feb-13 18:53:53

I agree with getmeout, the schools have said in the offer letters to please let them know ASAP, as the have people on the waiting list they would really like to offer places.

Getashley, all the best to DS for the future.

Has anyone already contacted any of the schools to accept or decline offers. We are still a undecided somewhat.

suz742 Sat 16-Feb-13 19:03:13

Are the admissions teams in next week at half term?

ClangerAfterClanger Sat 16-Feb-13 19:21:56

I tried to call W today but the Admissions Team were not in so we couldn't get any more information regarding the waiting list DS finds himself on! GETMEOUT your comments about your experience have helped a lot - thank you for posting them! Logically we know there are only so many places and not to take it too personally but it is very tough. Hearing how it all worked out for you helps us "in the lurch" stay a little calmer! GETASHLEY really hope its not the end of the road for you - hope they can sort something, seems so wrong.

ClangerAfterClanger Sat 16-Feb-13 19:24:13

suz742 the person I spoke to said call again on Monday - "they will probably be back then..." Surely they will be?!

Hecticmumof4 Sun 17-Feb-13 06:42:20

Hi all,
just found this thread ( and read the other one - boy that took a few hours.
My DS is going to W on a sports scholarship which we're all really pleased about
and will accept
Can anyone tell me how they work out the scholarships?..... i'm curious as to how may are available in each year and in each category - W don't say anything about how they decide.
Well done to all who have spaces and commiserations to those who went through the wait. It's been a long process and one I am am relieved is done ( though I don't have long before I start it again with my DD!)

LoveandHope Sun 17-Feb-13 11:07:57

Hi all, this thread is addictive ! Much appreciate and admire, all the very kind words and encouragements that mums/ dads are giving to each other here.

We are from overseas and my DS is offered a place to Whitgift full boarding next year. We have passed the admission test and interviews held in our country. We will be visiting the school soon before making the final-final decision.

Your kind advice on things / aspects we should take note of when visiting the school, would be most appreciated.

Croydonmumtods Sun 17-Feb-13 13:31:14

loveandhope don't think you can fail to be impressed by W. Its a beautiful school set in beautiful grounds with fabulous facilities. My only advise would be to try and look beyond all this to make sure it is the right place for your ds. I would also suggest looking around the area if you have time. It is a built up area with lots of shops restaurants etc. Hope you enjoy your visit.

Asterisk Sun 17-Feb-13 15:16:06

A belated congratulations to everyone whose DSs who made it, and commiserations to those that didn't. Seems like there are a lot more scholarships this year than last year (or maybe just a slightly different constituency on Mumsnet this year!).

loveandhope, congrats on your son potentially being in the first cohort of boarders. The kinds of questions I would ask would include (1) how does school intend to supervise visits to town, etc. Although S Croydon is generally a safe area, I would not be happy about 12-year-olds being able to wander around on their own after school, (2) programme of activities over weekends (good balance between down-time and not getting thoroughly bored), (3) school's attitude to 'horseplay'. A friend's son ended up having to have brain surgery after a pillow fight went wrong -- a child put a shoe in a pillowcase and it unwittingly caused a serious brain injury. (4) How will school help to get DS home during holidays? Minibus to Gatwick?

I am sure you will love the school though, and that the school will make a real effort to make boarding a success.

LoveandHope Sun 17-Feb-13 23:30:33

Croydonmumtods and Asterisk, thank you.

I will ask those questions, and will explore with and show my DS of the Areas around. We are regular visitors to London, but have not been to Croydon.

The school registration / admin team have been extremely kind,responsive and helpful, and have already sorted a lot of daily / weekly / meals / airport logistics. Just that as an overseas boarders' moms, seems that we always have some more "details" to ask about.

Can you pls also point me to the must-know and /or must-visit spots around the area ? Many thanks.

Goldfish678mum Mon 18-Feb-13 08:21:54

Hi again
We are still totally at a loss of what to do after many discussions over the weekend! We are so disappointed with the bursary team who initially sent us a completely incorrect bursary offer, but also got the scholarship amount wrong and were arrogant and unsympathetic when I called them! T have however been fantastic. The admin team r terrific. We are now waiting until we get the confirmed fee amount before we can make any decision, but it looks like its going to be a lot more expensive than we had hoped! This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make! This would be a huge financial burden for us but we just love the school and so does our DS. I suppose the question is, is it worth it in the long run? I'm new to the whole private school thing, having never gone myself, so need to assess all the benefits and opportunities of going to T compared to the local state school. Any thoughts??

goinggetstough Mon 18-Feb-13 08:26:00

loveandhope congratulations to your DS. Can I add a couple more questions to your list not as a Whitgiftt parent but as a an overseas parent?
- do ask exactly how many DSs are full boarders in your DS's year group. W offers weekly and flexi boarding too and you don't want your DS to be only one of a very few full boarders. I believe W can have a max of 100 boarders. Often the numbers will be higher in the sixth form as parents sometimes use boarding to help their DSs become independent before university. So this can skew the figures.
- what are the rules concerning the weekends? Can the boys stay away overnight every weekend or are there restrictions. If they can go out every weekend do ask where the full boarders come from. If they are nearby this could mean that many leave at the weekends after sport.
Obviously boarding is new at W but don't be fobbed off with statistics and phrases like we hope to have X number of boarders...... Your DS is going this September and you need to know exactly what the numbers are now and not what they hope they will be.
I hope you have a good visit.

Ladymuck Mon 18-Feb-13 08:28:58

Goldfish, in part answer to that question, it does of course depend on what your local state option is. If you have a Sutton grammar school place, then the differences are less, but if you're comparing it against Quest or St Mary's then the differences are huge.

Take your time with the decision, and possibly ask for another visit during school hours next week (you won't be the only parent asking for that).

Asterisk Mon 18-Feb-13 09:03:56

loveandhope Must see parts of South Croydon? Hmm... It is suburbia so there aren't many cultural highspots. Croydon is high on the regeneration agenda though, so it should get a facelift over the next few years. The Croydon Clocktower is worth visiting -- great library and nice little museum. However, the school is just half an hour by train to London, the greatest city in the world IMHO. I would hope that Whitgift would be putting on regular trips to museums and other attractions in London. A lot of the best bits of London are free (galleries and museums) so this should be feasible.

suz742 Mon 18-Feb-13 09:17:07

Goldfish, what is the situation with bursary info?I just got told mine over phone late Fri eve by T due to admin error but have nothing in writing yet. Not sure who to contact, Foundation or T. Don't want to find my hopes have been built up if figures inaccurate.
Thought the stress would have been over on 15th, not prolonged even further

LIZS Mon 18-Feb-13 10:15:25

loveandhope I'd agree with other comments here . I suspect , at least initially , it will be older home grown pupils who will take up boarding places. As a comparison the school dc attend only has a handful of boarders in Year 7 & 8 most of whom have parents overseas with a bigger influx at Year9/10. Ask about the programme for full boarders - trips, socials, use of facilities etc - pastoral care, including whether the staff responsible have previous boarding house experience, health care etc. You really don't want your ds to be alone in his dorm at weekends, although he may get invitations from new friends to stay over, and there is really relatively little in the immediate area he could get to easily.

Goldfish678mum Mon 18-Feb-13 12:06:38

Suz742 - we got a separate letter from the foundation on Friday detailing the total amount we had to pay per year. You'll probably get confirmation of this I the next few days. I think they report this to the school so I would presume the figure you received from the school should be correct. I'm sure it'll all become clear in the next few days. But to be certain you can always send the foundation an email or call them directly just to be sure. That's what we did.

suz742 Mon 18-Feb-13 12:55:04

Thanks Goldfish, I rang T earlier and revised paperwork being arranged. I then rang Foundation who hadn't had email to release the bursary. Re-rang T to request this email be sent. I agree T admissions are lovely, poor lady was very reassuring and patient.They must be inundated.
Might send Foundation email as feel bit embarrassed about ringing again. All the issues about others bursary info being incorrect has got me a bit paranoid.
Once letters have arrived I can actually feel it is happening.

bananadrama Mon 18-Feb-13 15:00:22

Goldfish - have sent you a PM.

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