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Wellington College - Resources and fees

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Heyou Mon 12-May-14 22:33:38

Am I a bad person if I resent the fact that other schools tell their children to access Wellington intranet site for teaching resources?

My OH and I have to scrimp and save for the fees but if anybody can access the resources, especially Biology and RS that my daughter studies why do we bother?? I know that resources are only a part of it but when I heard that other schools send their students to the website because some depts do not request a log in I got annoyed. . though I probably shouldn't!

Would I have been better off sending her to a less expensive school, getting tutors and then using the resources? If we had gone down the state route we could have afforded many more enrichment opportunities too. . .

Sorry for the rant but do any other Wellington parents feel the same??

Blu Mon 12-May-14 22:44:26

Could you be more specific as to how to get into these resources? I just had a look around the subject list on the intranet but couldn't get very far without a log in sad.

Could you provide a link so that we can see how bad this is ?

happygardening Mon 12-May-14 22:46:11

"I know that resources are only part of it"
There's your answer. Assuming your like AS (I personally can't stand the man) and all that Wellington has to offer then surely then this is an insignificant detail. You are paying for the whole package I know I am.
My DS is not at Wellington and I don't have the faintest idea if resources are available on line or who can access them but it they're good and useful to others who may not be in such a fortunate position why shouldn't they access them it's makes no difference to my DS.

Heyou Mon 12-May-14 22:55:29

I think the teachers are brilliant and the resources are great. . .but I do not think many other schools are so open with their resources. . .

I am not saying this is bad . . .maybe the RS dept in particular are being generous? There is even examples of students named work on the site too as examples of excellent work. . .I would have thought that this posed a child safety concern?? I would not like exam scripts with my daughters name being available to anyone who is able to google. . . . .

You have to log onto some depts but not others. . .

Ladymuck Mon 12-May-14 23:06:29

Have you raised the issue with the school? Given the vast majority of the the departments do require log-in isn't more likely that this is an unintentional error/oversight by the department involved rather than a huge conspiracy against the parents?

You mention Biology - that department seems to need a password for most of the information (other than items which I think are in the public domain anyway).

Your approach to this seems a little bizarre to be honest.

Loads of schools have decent websites with resources on them (including many state schools). Eton College has some great Classics resources freely available, but I've never heard the same accusation raised there...

Delaine Mon 12-May-14 23:35:26

My DS does not go here but I have a friend whose daughter does. She has never mentioned this as something she has had a problem with or even something she was aware of and we had many conversations over wine about education! I do not think she would be overly concerned but imagine that there would be quite a few others who would feel as you do.

The resources do look very good though but I did see those answers with student names on another page of that thread. . .I agree that is inappropriate and would also not like my children's work displayed but it is possible/likely that those students and their parents have given their consent. . . I hope.

I might be reading too much into your post and that you are worried about if the fees are worth it? I say if your daughter is happy, if you want to send her there, and if you can afford it (without too much hardship) then do not second guess yourself!


2468Motorway Mon 12-May-14 23:52:20

Wow, this is bothering you? Loads of schools share best practice. I suppose as a fee payer you can ask for access to be restricted. I think it sounds like you are not happy with the 'value for money' you receive from the school.

I agree that if names are displayed, permission should have been sort.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 05:56:09

The resources are a bit odd. I was going to use some in a lesson and couldn't fathom them.

Don't mistake the fact they are on the web for them being good.

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 05:57:33

Plus. They aren't all teaching ppts. Just info.

No good teacher puts one up and just reads from it. (Note that sons grammar school please )

EduardoBarcelona Tue 13-May-14 06:00:42

Plus op go and look at the TES resource data base -your greedy nimby head will explode

meditrina Tue 13-May-14 06:28:22

If this has led you to question your decision of school, then (sorry) it probably isn't the right fit for you.

Will your DD manage there until the next natural breakpoint? What schools do you think are likely to fit your ethos better?

Delphiniumsblue Tue 13-May-14 06:36:16

I think I it is a great idea and one that other public schools should copy.
Wellington College gave a bursary for my son, and 2 others, from state schools to go on a week's outward bound course. He had to work very hard on his application to get it. I think they do it every year. I dare say you wouldn't like that either!

JonSnowsPout Tue 13-May-14 06:39:57

They share resources with poor people?
How ghastly!

Yangsun Tue 13-May-14 06:50:20

Sharing resources is very good practice and I.think I would be a bit concerned if a school didn't do so (it generally happens when schools aren't confident their resources are good enough) as previous poster said resource sharing happens on a massive scale on the TES website and is a very positive thing.

Yangsun Tue 13-May-14 06:50:22

Sharing resources is very good practice and I.think I would be a bit concerned if a school didn't do so (it generally happens when schools aren't confident their resources are good enough) as previous poster said resource sharing happens on a massive scale on the TES website and is a very positive thing.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 13-May-14 06:54:04

I am surprised that you didn't do your homework before you sent her- it states quite plainly that they are a leading teaching school and share their resources with other teachers on TES. It seems admirable to me, maybe the ethos of the school is wrong for you if you have such a 'dog in the manger' attitude. I only know one other set of parents who have a child there and they are quite happy. I really can't see why anyone wouldn't be.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 13-May-14 06:58:11

The good thing from this thread is that it has publicised the site! Hopefully it will be used by even more.

Blu Tue 13-May-14 07:28:56

More links then?

I haven't managed to find anything more than a clear but rather skewed 'Dummies Guide To' type resource.

The OP is so bizarre that I assumed it was a reverse post designed exactly to publicise the site and it's resources!

I have never thought of looking in the TES site, of course many teachers share resources, like they used to when every LEA had a Teacher's Centre.

I wouldn't be keen on named pieces of work being publicly available, but who knows, maybe they have given permission and it is like putting something on your CV.

Is the whole post a viral marketing project?

Unexpected Tue 13-May-14 08:06:27

What a bizarre first post from an OP.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 13-May-14 08:08:04

You need to log in- I don't need it so I don't know ,but I would think you can email and ask.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 13-May-14 08:12:14

A bit bizarre to think that paying for education means locking everyone else out. Also OP doesn't seem to value it as she thinks online + tutor is as good as being there and her DD is just a clean slate to pour things in so she churns them out for an exam.

saintlyjimjams Tue 13-May-14 09:32:30

Our local comprehensive has an English teacher who shares amazing resources on YouTube. I know lots of people in private schools who use them. Fancy that.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 13-May-14 16:12:42

Why would you put a link up if you were concerned about child protection?

As Wellington seem to have a reputation for being charitable (for instance the Wellington Academy) isnt this just an extension of that? Sharing good fortune with others less lucky.

barrackobana Tue 13-May-14 17:03:21

These weren't the responses you were expecting are they it OP ? smile

Heyou Tue 13-May-14 18:19:09

Yeah sorry if I seemed odd. . .was just having a moment. I have more exam stress than my DD and was just feeling uncharitable about a comment someone had made to me. . very childish I know!

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