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Sawbodad Mon 26-Oct-15 18:23:18

First posting - be kind!

On the horns of a dilemma - Can anyone offer advice?
Our year 6 twin girls would appear to have qualified on aptitude for both Hockerill (day) and H&E. (A few % above the previous thresholds anyway).

We have been focused on Hockerill from year dot, but recently had H&E swing onto the radar. The girls are more inclined to an all girls environment, but since they are in a mixed primary, this is more novelty factor than a clincher.

Having grown up in the area, I must confess to negative preconceptions about H&E, which were firmly challenged when we went to the open day - Very impressed with the Head, and felt a good "vibe" about the place.

Both girls are very strong academically and musically - sport isn't a huge thing, but they do out of school hockey and football and we value sport as a part of development.

Pastorally, they are both pretty robust, but one is a little bit more sensitive than the other, and not so great at making friends. The sport seems to be improving this a bit. At the moment, they are in a very small, rural, private primary so "big school" will be a bit of a shock wherever we go.

We dont want to send them to an exam factory, and want to create rounded, confident adults.

I realize we are rather looking two gift horses in the mouth here, and am confident that they will fly in whatever school we choose, but would value any opinions, good or bad.

Thanks for your time

Sawbodad Wed 28-Oct-15 08:00:46

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hertsandessex Fri 30-Oct-15 19:07:54

Congratulations on the results. You are indeed in a good position and doubtless either school would work out well. I am a Hockerill parent and don't know a great deal about H&E but overall happy with Hockerill and sure your daughters would be suitably nurtured and challenged. On the sport thing Hockerill is actually not as bad as it seems and for those suitably inclined there is a chance to play a lot of hockey to a decent level and many other sports. Also finally it seems like work will start on the new sports hall in the not too distant future.

Sawbodad Sat 31-Oct-15 12:02:50

Thanks
After much tooing and froing we decided to jump with H&E on the basis that we couldnt decide, so threw it over to the girls - H&E was their clear choice. - hopefully giving them some "ownership" will increase their drive.

Very exciting times - no Guarantee on either of course, so Stephen Perse application next!

greedygreedyguzzler Wed 02-Mar-16 11:49:44

Did you get H&E in the end? I have just accepted a place at Hockerill for my daughter so was just curious?

Sawbodad Wed 02-Mar-16 15:18:24

Yes - We did get H&E as hoped.
Did a tour last Friday at H&E as a last minute decider, and the girls decided that all the kids "looked bored"!!!
After much chewing over, we have decided to go down the private route - The girls got places at Stephen Perse, so 7 years commuting for them, and retirement 7 years further away for me!
must say, from their small class, almost all got their first choice schools - something working right then.
Oh well

Sawbodad Wed 02-Mar-16 15:43:29

Yes - We did get H&E as hoped.
Did a tour last Friday at H&E as a last minute decider, and the girls decided that all the kids "looked bored"!!!
After much chewing over, we have decided to go down the private route - The girls got places at Stephen Perse, so 7 years commuting for them, and retirement 7 years further away for me!
must say, from their small class, almost all got their first choice schools - something working right then.
Oh well

Sawbodad Wed 02-Mar-16 15:44:17

Yes - We did get H&E as hoped.
Did a tour last Friday at H&E as a last minute decider, and the girls decided that all the kids "looked bored"!!!
After much chewing over, we have decided to go down the private route - The girls got places at Stephen Perse, so 7 years commuting for them, and retirement 7 years further away for me!
must say, from their small class, almost all got their first choice schools - something working right then.
Oh well

Sawbodad Wed 02-Mar-16 15:44:42

Yes - We did get H&E as hoped.
Did a tour last Friday at H&E as a last minute decider, and the girls decided that all the kids "looked bored"!!!
After much chewing over, we have decided to go down the private route - The girls got places at Stephen Perse, so 7 years commuting for them, and retirement 7 years further away for me!
must say, from their small class, almost all got their first choice schools - something working right then.
Oh well

greedygreedyguzzler Fri 04-Mar-16 13:56:46

Ah, I'm sure you have made the right decision for your girls. Was hoping for some fellow Hockerillians, but nevermind!!

crazycatguy Fri 04-Mar-16 23:26:46

Friend had a daughter go through here; H&E is, according to her anyway, an exam factory, she endured it and moved on after GCSE. Bishops Stortford parents have a variety of schools to choose from!

Greenskills Sat 26-Mar-16 22:08:59

Hello... Just a quick question to you all. We are thinking of moving to BS or one of the villages around from SE London. Have 3 young children only one at primary school so far. Thinking ahead to secondaries and love the sound of state schools in BS. If we moved to a surrounding village, would we be shooting ourselves in the foot for getting into one of them? Have girl, boy, boy.

Thanks for any insight into living over there or the schools!

lostinabook Sat 26-Mar-16 22:16:33

Herts and Essex alumni here both are excellent schools but obvs I favour Herts and Essex!

Brought up in Elsenham and commuted to school on train which we all loved

xWurlyCurlyx Sun 03-Apr-16 12:49:17

I have an SPF girl - she absolutely loves it. I have another starting in Y7 in September who will no doubt see your girls on the train. - the commute is one of the highlights of their day.

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