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13+ non-boarding school for girls - not in London

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DebratsEtiquette Tue 23-May-17 21:44:48

Please can you help me with an initial short list of good schools that take girls (co-ed or single sex) at 13+. If you have info. On numbers of spaces for 13+ v 11+ that would also be helpful. Looking to figure out potential paths for our daughter from her prep which prepares for the 13+. She could leave earlier of course but would rather she stays until 13+.

PotteringAlong Tue 23-May-17 21:46:15

If you don't want boarding then you need to tell us which part of the country you do want - as a day pupil you're going to need to narrow it down a bit more than "not London"!

DebratsEtiquette Tue 23-May-17 21:51:34

Very true - but that's part of the problem. I can be flexible as I have time to plan a move. I like and know 'the north' including Scotland, but don't want to limit us too much so then thought cast the net wide and see what comes back - if that's loads then this probably isn't the right approach (but helps me in at least knowing there are lots of options!).

bojorojo Tue 23-May-17 23:43:22

There are loads though! Lots of co-ed boarding schools take day pupils, both boys and girls at 13. You could look at Stowe at 13 or Wycombe Abbey at 11 or 13. Lots of girls schools recruit at both 11 or 13. Why don't you say what type of school? Academic, sporty, music and drama .... Etc. Your search is just enormous.

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 06:03:44

Thanks Pottering and Bojo. This probably wasn't the best approach. I think I'm just going to set aside this weekend to do some thinking. But glad to at least know we're not just looking at a handful of options. Thanks.

PotteringAlong Wed 24-May-17 06:55:59

You need to decide on a rough area and come back to usgrin

GinGarden Wed 24-May-17 08:00:53

What are her strengths and interests? Sport. Art. Drama. Sciences?

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 08:10:44

Thanks everyone. Interests (at 9) are sciences and languages but know these might change. Academically speaking, above average in her class but not top (although would say if she set her mind on somewhere very academic she has the raw materials to give it a reasonable shot). Rough areas to start the search are probably Scotland, North (preference for East, but West ok too - down as far as Cheshire - appreciate for some of you that's probably North!!). Thanks again.

CowParsleyNettle Wed 24-May-17 08:20:27

Cheltenham Ladies College
Ribston Hall

Mustwearahat Wed 24-May-17 08:27:10

Did you want non-boarding, or being a day child in a boarding school?

That's a wide search, still, but you could start with GDST schools in those areas, and see which are the main competitors. Could you ask at the current school?

Mustwearahat Wed 24-May-17 08:30:54

In fact re-reading your post, I would make the current school my starting point. Do you have a 'future schools' person?

Looks like you are hoping for:
Day school (or day child in a boarding school)

Single-sex or co-ed - if you can narrow this down, it will help

For an all-rounder, able child

I would start with the main independent schools in one area and then work outwards, considering school runs & where you might like to live, plus affordability of properties, etc.

Sympathies!

tinypop4 Wed 24-May-17 08:32:05

Roedean fits your criteria and is an excellent day school, single sex. Wouldn't work if you're not roughly south east based though

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 08:48:14

Thanks everyone. Re. Current school, you are quite right that is should be my first point of call but I'd like to have a rough idea of schools (rather just than nodding along - Wycombe Abbey and Fettes have been mentioned and looking at Leavers destinations I can also get an idea. But I'm also interested in doing my own research (by which I include MN and looking at the Good Schools guide and various other online publications!). I'm keen to know of schools where it's not just a few girls joining at 13+, are there schools for girls/co-ed where the majority of girls join at 13+?

GinGarden Wed 24-May-17 08:50:41

Fettes, Edinburgh - easier as a day pupil or Ampleforth, beautiful area to live.
Newcastle High school for Girls is also very good.

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 08:51:31

**Must - the Head Master sees it as his mission to find the right school for the child, which is really great, I just feel I should have my own knowledge too (and at the moment I really know nothing - as is probably very obvious from my post!)

Mustwearahat Wed 24-May-17 09:03:01

oh yes, absolutely do your own research - you don't have to just rely on head teachers. In fact we didn't stand for that right-school-right-child nonsense! There should be a designated person who can give a broader overview. Our school publishes leavers' destinations, which helps. I found it helpful, at your stage, to talk to parents with older siblings, too.

Mustwearahat Wed 24-May-17 09:03:37

Meant to say - also attend open days...

Mary21 Wed 24-May-17 15:32:08

Schools such as Wellington College and Charterhouse are 13-18 schools that although mostly boarding also have day pupils or are you looking for a purely day school. Or are you thinking an 11-18 school with a significant 13+ cohort?
This list from a girls prep that finishes at 13 maybe a good starting list www.hanford.dorset.sch.uk/about_hanford/destination-schools

Mary21 Wed 24-May-17 15:33:54

Sorry just seen previous post. All probibly too south for you

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 16:07:12

Thanks everyone. Mary - even though that specific list isn't quite right - looking at other prep school destinations is a great idea!

motherstongue Wed 24-May-17 18:14:48

If you want Scotland then there is only really St George's (primarily day) in Edinburgh and Kilgraston in Perth (more boarders but still a lot of day pupils) as stand alone girls schools. Both are, however, all through schools so only a tiny amount will start at age 13 especially at St George's as many come from state at 12.

For co-ed Glenalmond in Perth will do day pupils but definitely in the minority, the main thing is they have a large intake at 13 as the school is really a 13-18 age group. A very small intake at 12 for some coming from state but it is very small cohort.

DrudgeJedd Wed 24-May-17 18:20:56

Durham High is a girls only day school in a beautiful little city.

bojorojo Wed 24-May-17 19:34:30

The vast majority of girls schools start at 11. However some have a reasonable intake at 13. I would look at the Good Schools Guide for starters because I think it has just been reported that there are far less independent schools in the North than the West and South and South East. I would trawl through the ones that tick the boxes. At our old prep
the Wycombe Abbey girls went at 13. London preps were more likely to send at 11. Ditto with CLC. WA is top drawer and not mid academic and needing a push though, so think carefully. Also not in the North or Scotland. There are schools in York, Harrogate and Newcastle and Edinburgh you could consider.

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 19:53:59

Thanks Bojo - can you clarify what you mean by 'needing a push through' at WA. Thank you

DebratsEtiquette Wed 24-May-17 19:54:22

Though - not through smile

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