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Cyprusmam Sun 02-Mar-14 18:36:27

Hello! We are thinking of moving to UK from Cyprus during the summer, somewhere around Northampton. Could you kindly recommend/comment on private schools around that area.. And how difficult or easy do you think it will be to get into for my son (in year 8 at the moment) with no particular academic achievements... He plays piano and sings, loves golf. Are there any good music schools in the area? So far i found four schools i think might be ok : Wellingborough, St.Peter's independent, Pitsford and Quinton. Any of your answers will be highly appreciated!

DraggingDownDownDown Sun 02-Mar-14 18:55:39

Not heard good things recently about St Peters. I know of two parents who have withdrawn their children from there (they were not supported with their SN).

Have heard good things about Overstone Park.

NoUseForAName Sun 02-Mar-14 18:58:55

My brother went to St. Peter's, he hated every minute of it!

celestialsquirrelnuts Sun 02-Mar-14 19:00:30


momb Sun 02-Mar-14 19:12:17

Oundle and Pitsford are both very academic with common entry exam. Wellingborough is more rounded IMO (still has the Grammar school feel), but I know people with a less positive view than I.

Overstone and St Peters both claim to offer a more rounded education but I have no personal experience of either.

momb Sun 02-Mar-14 19:13:42

Oh, forgot Kimbolton: they are a good all round with lots of extra curricular too.

gebla Sun 02-Mar-14 19:22:46

From experience I would say Pitsford or Oundle are the best. Quite hard to get a place, though.
Spratton is great as is Great Houghton.
I would steer clear of St Peters, Quinton is okay.

Cyprusmam Sun 02-Mar-14 20:00:38

Wow! Thank you all! My son's choice (well - by looking at the web sites) was Wellingborough... Mine was St.Peter's - its so much cheaper then other schools, i guess you get what you paid for... So far we were not very fortunate in our choice of schools... Two years waisted in Cyprus, grades went down, interest in learning too... Oundle is too expensive, i will not be able to afford it, our max is 4,000 pt unfortunately... Thanks again!!!

momb Sun 02-Mar-14 21:01:33

Do you have your heart set on Private sector? Northampton Boys School is excellent and you may stand a chance if not applying in Y7.
Very similar learning environment to Wellingborough IMO and co-ed in the 6th form.

dramaqueen Sun 02-Mar-14 21:22:49

Cyprusmam, I have sent you a PM as I have kids in one of the schools you have mentioned.

Cyprusmam Mon 03-Mar-14 12:27:27

Dear Momb, i have been told horror stories about state education in UK, my son been private all his life, so while i can, i would prefer to keep him in private... Even in those schools things are so different from the Middle East and Cyprus schools we have been to, that i am very much afraid my son will not fit in....

Cyprusmam Mon 03-Mar-14 12:29:03

And by the way - what is wrong exactly with St. Peter's? Just curiosity....

trinitybleu Mon 03-Mar-14 13:02:08

Going back a few years now but I passed the exams for St Peter's, Wellingborough and Kimbolton and chose Kimbolton.

St Peter's didn't have a 6th form nd when their girls came to Kimbolton it seemed to have been very small and insular in comparison.

I liked Kimbolton but didn't appreciate it at the time! Lots of extra curricular stuff, good discipline and lovely buildings. Good bus service too!

(My 10 year old self discounted Welllingborough as you had to go all day Saturday and that meant no more going to see the Saints play rugby!!)

DraggingDownDownDown Mon 03-Mar-14 19:35:20

Very very small so if you don't get on with classmates there isn't much you can do friends wise.

Have seen better, more up to date facilities In state schools.

Cyprusmam Tue 04-Mar-14 14:12:14

Thanks again to everyone who answered! Now, i just hope that my son will be able to get into one of the schools! And not St.Peters! smile

2tirednot2fight Thu 19-Feb-15 23:17:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Daisygirl078 Wed 02-Mar-16 20:28:35

I would avoid St Peter's at all costs especially if child has SEN. My child stayed 3mths and it was a very long 3mth, the school is dirty and in disrepair and they have three toilets for each sex in the entire school with children from both the primary & senior sharing. The SENCO is useless and they do not welcome any concerns or criticism. You want to look into Oundle, Kimbolton, Pitsford or Quinton. All of which have excellent reputations. If you google St Peter's it has had issues with Ofsted in the past, they recruited a new head but it is still a very poor school. We took our child out & placed her at Quinton which has been hugely supportive of her SEN. The sportsfield at St Peter's is the local park, got fed up of cleaning dog mess off her trainers. Just an awful school. Look elsewhere.

peanuts2003 Thu 10-Aug-17 15:54:01

I Disagree Daisygirl078.

My daughter was terribly bullied at primary and all the secondary schools we looked at were awful. St Peter's has been absolutely fantastic, it is not dirty at all or in disrepair, they have spent a fortune on the school, they have extended & re-landscaped. Perhaps it hasn't the sweeping driveway or stately home look that the others have, that's because they spend all their money on the children which in my opinion is the most important thing! They are a non profit organisation unlike the other independent schools. I understand that some of the other schools mentioned will not let a child even sit their GCSE's if they are not bright or even ask them to leave the school so it does not impact on the schools league table results!!! St Peter's would never do that.

My daughter only has 10 children in her entire year!! This may be small, but they can't hide from learning, and have to learn to sort out any issues with their peers which at a larger school you wouldn't do, you just change friendship groups, plus they have a very strict anti-bullying policy.

My daughter is now first aid trained, is working towards her lifeguarding certificate (swimming is compulsory each week untill the are 14yrs) and she is at GCSE level in both History and Geography - she is only in her first year of secondary.

In fact I am so impressed that I moved my second daughter who was a year behind at the start of summer term and really finds school a struggle - they tutored her in their own time and in one term she is now at a writing and spelling age of 8yrs 2 months - she isn't even 8 yet.

Tell me, how is the school responsible for dog mess at the local park? even if the children use it, that is very unreasonable.

In my personal experience, the Head Master and all the teachers at St Peters are fantastic, they go above and beyond for each child. They encourage each child and teach them to be the best they can be, it is not just results driven, not every child is academic. They offer an all round education, and the recent questionnaire that the children took showed that 100% of them liked going to school, that is unheard of.

I would reccommend this school to any parent, in my personal experience, it was the best thing I ever did sending my daughters there, and they both love it, which I believe speaks volumes.

pollyron7 Thu 10-Aug-17 17:03:10

Hi Peanuts2003,

We have met the headmaster with a view to sending our daughter there. We are so glad that you have posted your comments as we have been in a bit of a dilemma after reading the previous posts. This is a big move as its into first year of senior school. What year are your daughters?

If you have any other points to add about the school we would love to hear them.

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