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The Harefield Academy

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Soniaferreira Fri 07-Feb-14 20:55:47

Hello everyone

I am looking for state boarding for my son. We live in Surrey and we are looking for weekly boarding. He is 12 and complety sporty.
Does anyone have references for The Harefield Academy?
Thank you all


EvilTwins Fri 07-Feb-14 20:57:57

Try watching "Tough Young Teachers" on BBC3.

2014Qs Sat 08-Feb-14 08:32:20

Harefield academy is awesome.

So many Olympic hopefuls there. Loads and loads of kids competing internationally in a huge range of sports. I don't know any other state school like it.

If your ds is sporty he will love it.

Their pe dept is like no other. On site physio etc.

10% admissions based on being g&t in sport. Most of those kids have the potential to be professional athletes. At the sports award eve, which Denise Lewis came to, their were sponsors (is that the right word?) and the kids were encouraged to talk to the sponsors and to learn how to get themselves sponsorship money

Totally awesome.

The school is open 7:00 am - 6:00pm as they see themselves as day boarding for all the kids. Loads going on after school for everyone.

Soniaferreira Sat 08-Feb-14 21:15:02

Thank you EvilTwins

Did you mean its a tough school?
Or just want me to see how the school looks like?

Thank you

EvilTwins Sat 08-Feb-14 21:21:26

Just so you can see what it looks like really. Obviously it's edited in the way that BBC3 want it to be, but might be worth a look.

postmanpatscat Sun 09-Feb-14 09:01:13

Have you looked at RAAS in Reigate?

trader21c Sun 09-Feb-14 09:49:37

Definitely worth a look at 'Tough Young Teachers' - it's one of the schools featured there each week - looks a good school IMHO

Soniaferreira Sat 15-Feb-14 04:19:19

I like RAAS in Reigate but its a only boy school. For us that is an issue

postmanpatscat Wed 19-Feb-14 13:15:18

RAAS is NOT a boys school, it is mixed. My daughter went there, that's how I know!

Thymeout Thu 20-Feb-14 08:02:47

I taught in an inner-London comprehensive. We would never have tolerated the level of disruption we saw in the bottom English group. They were still misbehaving when senior teachers were sitting in on the lesson. That would have been inconceivable.

It has a sports specialism and the facilities and teaching in that area looked impressive. But I'm not sure it would make up for obvious deficiencies elsewhere.

Philoslothy Thu 20-Feb-14 08:11:20

I am not naive enough to think that difficult classes do not play up trainee teachers. We have all been there and bought the t shirt. However I as quite shocked to see children continuing to mess about while senior teachers including the head teacher were in the room. The school at best has weak management, if not greater issues.

I say that as a teach first graduate who cut my teaching teeth in London schools.

Unicorns76 Fri 12-Aug-16 01:03:03

Don't touch the place with a barge pole. Corrupt. Lots goes on that is inappropriate but is never talked about. Beware of the secrets. Read the articles on

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