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Just how oversubscribed are Marlborough and Charterhouse at the moment?

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alexddr Thu 20-Oct-16 12:56:42

Hello, I have my DS registered at Marlborough, Charterhouse and King's Canterbury for 13+ in September 2018. My question is, just how oversubscribed are Marlborough and Charterhouse and does an academically average child have a chance of getting in... if he has other strong points?

My DS is already at a boarding prep school and loving it and speaks fluent Spanish, French and English (Spanish mother, French father + also used to speak Mandarin as we lived in Shanghai five yeas). He is a good boarder, loves sport, plays guitar, and is very good at art (his teacher would like to put him forward for an art scholarship).

The Head of our prep school has approved these schools for us but admits Marlborough and Charterhouse might be a bit of a challenge... DS only joined the English school system in Year 6 so it is difficult to know what his CE marks will be like in two years... we are hoping for a 55/ 60% average. What I would like to know is whether these schools are looking at academic results first or whether other qualities can make up for average marks.

While I'm here, I would also be interested in knowing which back up schools people recommend, along the lines of Marlborough and Charterhouse, and
other than King's Canterbury which is my old school.

Thank you!

morecoffee12 Fri 21-Oct-16 20:48:36

Looks like there will be some changes at the top at Charterhouse:

JoJoSM2 Fri 21-Oct-16 20:54:29

Have you considered putting him in an international school? If you're an international family and have lived in different places, he could really enjoy that. Or is prestige very, very high on your criteria list?

alexddr Fri 21-Oct-16 21:06:19

Thanks for this morecoffee12, very interesting!

Pythonesque Fri 21-Oct-16 21:12:53

My understanding of how CE works is that each senior school will set their own "pass" mark that is the minimum entrance standard. Sometimes modulated possibly by senior schools marking "harder" or "softer" but I don't know that for certain. Even if awarded a scholarship in a specialist area, that standard or its equivalent would be expected to confirm the place. You should be able to check what level these schools are asking for in CE.

(my son's in the same year, his school have just switched to the prep school baccalaureate so won't be formally sitting CE - however in our case he'll probably be up for sitting the academic scholarship papers which will serve in place of the CE papers)

Dapplegrey1 Fri 21-Oct-16 21:21:13

Alex I think the Marlborough candidates have to take a pre test. My daughter was the last year not to have to do this so she just took common entrance, but I'm sure another Marlborough parent will be along soon who will know more.
My DS left Marlborough in 2013 after five wonderful years. She loved every minute and made a load of terrific friends.
Best of luck to your ds.

alexddr Fri 21-Oct-16 21:33:58

Thanks for your message JoJoSM2, happy to hear about good "international schools", can you recommend some? I'm half Spanish, half Argentine and have lived all over the place but was very happy at King's Canterbury and DS is thriving at a British boarding prep school so I think all doors are open.

alexddr Fri 21-Oct-16 21:42:13

Thank you Dapplegrey1, my DS is indeed sitting a pre test for Marlborough and will go in for an assessment + interview with the school in January 2017. Glad to hear your DC loved it, in any case. Thank you for your feedback.

alexddr Fri 21-Oct-16 21:45:32

Thanks Pythonesque, and good luck with the scholarship!

JoJoSM2 Sat 22-Oct-16 11:30:17

I actually don't know any independent schools or your son well enough to be able to recommend sth specific. I was coming from a place of forming a plan B in case things don't work out in the three schools mentioned. A few of my friends (and myself) went to international schools 2-3 countries. With the curriculum the same, it was easy to transfer. Going abroad gave us a broader world view and enabled to make friends from around the world. We all went to excellent universities (so that wasn't a problem). There are a few international schools around London. In Europe, Switzerland has a great reputation for independent education but there will be fantastic schools in other countries too + going to another continent could be very educational.
I'm sorry if I came across a bit random as it's a very different path to your Plan A. I thought I'd just throw it in there as you're likely very internationally orientated + your son is multi-lingual so it could be sth he might enjoy.

sendsummer Sat 22-Oct-16 12:33:18

TBH alexddr , as I intimated in your other thread, with all your DS's talents and languages plus the consideration that his written English will improve rapidly after a couple more years in the English school system I think either of the schools would be lucky to have him.

alexddr Sat 22-Oct-16 21:11:23

Sendsummer, that is so kind - thank you. I hope you are right smile

alexddr Sat 22-Oct-16 21:34:10

Thanks JoJoSM2, your thoughts are very welcome... that's what's so great about these forums!

Return2blighty Mon 27-Feb-17 00:21:26

I removed my son from the school after one year. A lot of bullying. The boys I encountered were rude and arrogant. You may care to know that 6 boys left the school during the same year. I asked for my son to move House as he thought he would be happier. I was told that "this had never happened in the history of Charterhouse and if it is that bad then perhaps it is not the school for him." It wasn't and I regret I did not remove him the day I was spoken to in that way. Apparently, a young boy was allowed to change House after I took my son out of the school. So much for "never in the history ...." I am sure it was more to do with losing yet more fees rather than the welfare of the boy.

Flum Mon 27-Feb-17 00:44:49

The common entrance is not used by Marlborough as part of their selection process. The selection process is a mixture of: current school reference, pre-test, and their interview.

Your kids sounds amazing, he will probably get in. If he is already at a UK prep school he will probably be fine.

By the time the kids take the common entrance they have already been offered a place and it is just used for setting.

I know nothing about Charterhouse's procedures.

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