KEGS Chelmsford, is it really that good?(51 Posts)
We have two young sons and moved the Chelmsford area a few years ago. The boys are still very young but it appears that nowadays you can't start thinking about schools early enough. Does anyone have any experience with KEGS in Chelmsford?
My sons are both still very young (ds1 will only start school in September). So it is really really early, I know. Its just with all the hype about "make sure your children go to the right schools or they will never get anywhere in life" I thought it's not too early to look into things. Especially since we live near Chelmsford. Still find it all a bit daunting, I have to admit
nally Not all that many people from Chelmsford on here by the look of things which is a real pity since I would love to meet some new people
We live about 30mins from Chelmsford but know the area qute well as DH worked in Chelmsford for 6 yrs. I have one DD aged 4yrs 4 mths and am expecting by 2nd baby (boy we think) around the 6th May! I don;t post much as I work full time so don't have much time to keep up with things but am going on mat leave soon and really looking forward to it.
if you need a childminder, bear me in mind. i am nice - lol!
I'm always up for meeting up in Starbucks, say, for a coffee is anyone's interested!
jellynelly we definitely need a babysitter, no immediate family nearby [sad}
Will do Nally - our childcare arrangements are in limbo as MIL who helped with DD when I went back to wwork has been ill and we are not sure if she will be able to cope with 2 DCs esp. a young baby.
let's arrange coffee for after the easter school hols
Tyakit - i was thinking if your dd is starting school in september then it would have to be a school in my area for me to childmind her, otherwise i wouldn't be able to take her or pick her up. i would be able to have your ds any time after september (dd2 will be a year old then), but you probably wouldn't want your dc to be separated.
michaelad - definitely up for a bit of babysitting.
Whoose kid? My DD is 4 and starts reception in Sept and DC2 not due until May.
Coffee sounds good - may bit a bit busy with newborn just after school hols .
Great, let's try and arrange a big coffee meet up in Chelmsford sometime then! Tuesdays are best for me..
definitely doing the coffee thing. will arrange with you in a couple of weeks
Great! Like I said, pretty much any Tuesday's fine with me
jellybelly, still out there somewhere? Have added you to my mates list now. Any idea on the coffee date yet? Tuesday week sound any good?
This is probably way too late for the poster to see my reply, but anyway, KEGS is a really good school, that is why there are so many prep schools in and around the Chelmsford area priming their pupils to pass the 11+, (anecdotally) I don't think anyone gets in from a state school on the school's teaching alone, they have all had private tutors from around year 4 onwards, all of the prep schools include in their prospectus a list of the schools where their children went on to at 11, and they are judged on their % that get in to the girls school or KEGS
Really late answer. KEGS and Chelmsford High School take on marks from their entrance exam alone. I think KEGS takes the first 105 and CCHG take about 120 and you can apply whether you live in Essex or not. If your kids are really bright you have a chance.
Anyway I am up for coffee (have 2 daughters - one 13 and one 3)...
It is a closer time now for you to be thinking about this! My son went to KEGS and I have one there at the moment, and as long as they can get into the KEGS banter then they will love it there! Highly academic and although it doesn't focus on average students, only the strugglers or high flyers, it is a fantastic school with a great atmosphere and rich history
Congratulations nallylally Straight off or from waiting list?
KEGS HONEST REVIEW 2/ 5
KEGS IS AN OK SCHOOL HOWEVER DUE TO THE FACT IT HAS BEEN ELEVATED TO A NEXT LEVEL THAT IT IS NOT ACTUALLY AT IS A BIG ISSUE
THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE WITH THEIR BEING MANY DIFFERENT SOCIAL , CRIMINAL AND LEARNING ISSUES IN THE SCHOOL
FOR WORKING CLASS PEOPLE KEGS MAY NOT BE THE SCHOOL FOR YOU DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE IS ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU AS MOST PEOPLE FROM KEGS AND OTHER GRAMMAR SCHOOLS HAD ATTENDED PRIVATE SCHOOLS PREVIOUSLY. EVEN THOUGH THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO KEGS SPECIFICALLY IT HIGHLIGHTS AN ISSUE IN THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SYSTEM AS IT IS NOT CARRYING OUT ONE OF THE MAIN FUNCTION's WHICH ARE TO ALLOW BRIGHT WORKING CLASS CHILDREN TO MAKE THE STEPPING STONE THROUGH THE SOCIAL LADDER
MANY KIDS ALSO CRITICISE OTHER COVER STAFF AS THEY FEEL THEY ARE SMARTER THAN THEM AS THEY WENT TO A MORE PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL OR ARE RICHER OR GREW UP IN A BETTER AREA than Them.
THE WAY THE SCHOOL DEALS WITH ISSUES IS COMPLETELY ABSURD AT TIMES WITH PUNISHMENTS BEING GIVEN ARE UNREASONABLE
THERE IS ALSO A SLIGHT YET OBVIOUS RACIAL DIVIDE WITH MANY STUDENTS OF A certain w colour making RACIAL REMARKS such as P* and N****. Thus there are not often that much integration between people of different of ethnicity.
IF you DO NOT LIVE IN THE PRIORITY AREA IT IS HARD TO MAKE GOOD FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE AS PEOPLE DONT LIVE TOO LOCAL WITH EACH OTHER , for example someone who LIVES IN CHELMSFORD AND SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN CHAD WELL HEATH WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO LINK UP WITH EACH OTHER IN SCHOOL HOLIDAY DUE TO THE difference between ESSEX AND LONDON AND THE COST AND JOURNEY OF TRAVEL. EVEN SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN ILFORD AND SOMEONE WHO LIVES IN HAROLD HILL WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO LINK UP AS EVEN THOUGH THESE AREAS ARE BOTH IN LONDON IT IS A 20 minute drive and 40 minute bus journey. THIS WILL LEAD TO KIDS MISSING OUT ON MAKING LONG LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR PEERS
ALSO JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SCHOOL , 95% of the kid use SWEAR WORDS IN THEIR LANGUAGE EVERDAY
AS WELL AS THIS FOR CHILDREN COMING OUTSIDE OF THE PRIORITY AREA KEGS CAN BE VERY TIRESOME DUE TO THE COST OF TRAVEL AND THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT TAKES FOR THE JOURNEY TO OCCUR. THIS IS ONE REASON WHY KEGS CAN BE A STRESSFUL SCHOOL. THIS GIVES CHILDREN LESS TIME TO STUDY OR RELAX.
IN EVERY SCHOOL THERE IS SOME CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR AMONGST STUDENTS AND THIS HAS MOST DEFINITELY HAPPENED TO SOME ( GREAT OR NOT great) IN KEGS .... NO FURTHER COMMENT .... AS WELL AS THIS MANY KIDS AS YOUNG AS IN YEAR 7 TO YEAR 11 BELIEVE THEY ARE REAL GANGSTER HOWEVER THEY DO NOT KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT LIFE AND DO NOT KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES THAT END UP WITH RISKING YOUR FREEDOM BOTH MORALLY + SOCIAL
KEGS ALSO HAS SOME DECENT TEACHERS ROUGHLY 15- 20 ( WITH ROUGHLY 6-8 BEING AS EXCEPTIONAL AS THE EDUCATIONAL STANDARD KEGS HAD PROMISED WHEN YOU AGREED TO GO THERE) BUT THERE ARE SOME NOT SO good TEACHERS WITH THERE BEING ABOUT 20 OF THESE ( 9 ARE TERRIBLE)
IN TERMS OF DEPARTMENTS , THE BETTER ONES ARE THE HISTORY , CHEMISTRY , MATHS , D.T
THE MFL DEPARTMENT HAS SOME GREAT TEACHERS BUT ALSO SOME QUESTIONABLE TEACHERS
THE OK DEPARTMENTS ARE ART , CS , BIOLOGY , MUSIC , ECONOMICS
SUBSTANDARD - ENGLISH , GEOGRAPHY , P.E
TERRIBLE - PHYSICS ( LACKING - GET ON JOB B!) , PSHE
HOWEVER KEGS HAS GOOD EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SUCH AS ECONOMICS SOCIETY , DRAMA SOCIETY/ SCHOOL PRODUCTION , D of E , Ancient LANGUAGES , EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES , MANY SCHOOL TRIPS , SPORTS and CORE OF DRUMS / CCF
THE LEARNING MENTOR SCHEME IN KEGS IS VERY GOOD AS IT ALLOWS OLDER SIXTH FORMERS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE SITUATION OF DOING GCSES TO HELP STRUGGLING STUDENTS WITH THEIR WORK
KEGS DOES PROMISE GOOD GCSE RESULTS HOWEVER THEN AGAIN ANY SCHOOL EVEN OAKS PARK PROMISES GOOD RESULTS PROVIDING YOUR WILLING TO PUT IN THE EFFORT. HOWEVER KEGS DOES HAVE SOME EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS THAT WILL HONESTLY IMPROVE YOUR GRADE AND ACTUALLY CARE FOR YOUR ACADEMIC STUDY
THERE IS MORE TO SAY
THIS HAS BEEN DONE BY A FORMER STUDENT AT KEGS SO THE JUDGEMENT IS HONEST
How can you go to KEGS and not learn about Caps lock? Also I had to laugh at the comment about the English department being substandard given the grammar and punctuation on display.
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