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Betboo Mon 01-Jun-15 14:54:09

Hi thinking of moving to Knaresborough/Harrogate and considering best high school for my son, he is 13 with a statement of educational needs, so looking for school with best pastoral care/SEN Support rather than academic achievement. Any comments welcome or suggestions of other schools in the area. He is borderline whether to send to a high school or special school

Rosieposy4 Mon 01-Jun-15 20:30:16

i would go for King James in knaresborough in your position.

Betboo Tue 02-Jun-15 14:58:02

Thanks for the reply, we don't live in the area at the moment, so have no knowledge of the schools yet just researching, so any more info would be very welcome.

Betboo Tue 09-Jun-15 20:06:45

Anyone with experience of Harrogate high please?

MayPolist Tue 09-Jun-15 22:26:19

NOOO!!! Don't do it!!
It is the dustbin school of Harrogate!

Betboo Wed 10-Jun-15 19:32:01

Thanks for your comment, Maypolist, are you able to provide any further info please? Ofsted gave good at last visit, it is hard from a distance to get a feel for a place!

pollyannagoestotown Sat 13-Jun-15 11:06:53

Is he at all sporty? ie are his SEN academic or affect him generally? Harrogate High has good sports facilities - I gather they are putting money into the school in general in an attempt to improve its reputation.
Have you considered Rossett if you are wanting to be in Harrogate? I would rate that above Harrogate High.

mrsrhodgilbert Sat 13-Jun-15 11:56:28

I think a lot will depend on where you will be living. There's only one secondary school in knaresborough, but in Harrogate there are five. Two are church schools, would they be of interest? I'm afraid Harrogate High has the worst reputation but remember, this is a town where all the schools are very good. It is just not as good as the others but improving, it depends what you want from a school.

Be aware catchment areas will come into play, look carefully at where you'll be moving to because that will determine where your son goes. Have you been to visit any?

chaletschoolgirl Sun 14-Jun-15 13:43:04

Hi, well I'm going to go against the trend here! I've lived in Hgte all my life, and Harrogate High has always had the reputation of being the rubbish school and it's sometimes hard to get past that.

However - I think that's a completely undeserved reputation. I know children who have left there in the last few years - one is at uni studying medicine, one is doing a business degree in London so academically, I see no issue at all. Even more importantly I think from what you want from a school, it is a fantastic school for children with SEN. I know several people with children at the school now who have various issues and they are hugely impressed with what the school offers and how happy their children are there. It has small class sizes and excellent sporting opportunities, if those things are important for you. I also know two teachers there who think it is an amazing place to work and achieve fantastic things with their classes.

My son is at primary still, but there is a year 6 boy with SEN in his school who will be attending Harrogate High in September. Already he has has several part day visits to the school where his 1-2-1 teaching assistant has collected him from primary, taken him to Harrogate High, spent the day with him and then dropped him back at primary. I can't speak highly enough of their reputation with children with SEN.

The school is going to be completely rebuilt over the next year, so what is a bit 1960s and falling down (no different really from two of the other schools in Harrogate!) will be all new and shiny, which I think will make a difference in attitudes.

What I would say is, there is a real Harrogate perception of it being a hopeless school. It is not in a well-to-do area. The traffic to get there isn't great, but the school does start and finish earlier than other schools so that may not be such an issue. You will have some - but by no means all - Harrogate people look at you in a judgemental way when you say where your child goes to secondary.

I've gone on a bit I'm afraid, but I just wanted to give you a different view. I hope you are very happy when you move to the area - it's a brilliant place to live.

Betboo Tue 16-Jun-15 21:25:15

Thanks for all the replies,very informative and useful, appreciate the time taken to respond

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