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Ardingly College / Ardingly Prep for Y5, advice from current parents please!

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BlueSmarties76 Tue 08-Dec-15 02:57:13

I'm considering entry to Ardingly Prep for Year 5 for my DS.

DS has mild SEN (Dyslexia & Dyspraxia (causing difficulty with organisation) and is quite emotionally sensitive. He loves to be kept busy with extra curriculars, however he is not very strong academically and needs lots of micro management. I think DS would be a boarderline candidate for passing the CE at 55% (for Ardingly College or another Senior school such as Eastbourne).

My questions are, will the Prep be able to micro manage DS if necessary to help him pass the Common Entrance? I've heard that a few DC at Ardingly Prep each year fail the CE to the Senior School, which worries me; why are they being allowed to sit it if they will fail? Also, how supportive would they be if we wanted him to take CE for another Senior school such as Eastbourne? How good is the CE prep in general at Ardingly?

Would I be better going for an independent Prep school to get DS through CE, or would the environment at somewhere like Brambletye be too academic?

What is Ardingly Senior School like for helping less able pupils through? I'm also concerned that DS might not achieve the 6B's required at GCSE to stay on to the 6th form.

BlueSmarties76 Mon 14-Dec-15 21:43:05


BlueSmarties76 Tue 19-Jan-16 14:31:51


Openup Wed 20-Jan-16 21:29:18

I would look at Great Walstead if I were you. It is a lovely friendly school with great SEN provision.

BlueSmarties76 Wed 20-Jan-16 22:20:18

Thanks! I did go for a tour but was not that impressed though I can't really put my finger on why!

What are the main differences in culture and SEN provision between the two?

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