Advanced search

Get £10 off your first lesson with Mumsnet-Rated tutoring service Tutorful here

Where are the best non-selective schools - looking to move

(15 Posts)
ConfusedConnie Mon 12-Feb-18 22:32:27

We love the county we live in. But schools are atrocious at worst, just plain below average at best. Notoriously bad county-wide and across all ages.

We’re currently paying for private schools just to get our kids a decent education but would very much like to not be spending £25k a year.

We could, in theory move anywhere in the UK.

Where should we go to give us a good choice of non-selective state schools? One DC would most likely get into any grammar with ease but maybe not the other. And also I don’t want to up and change our whole lives without any guarantees IYSWIM.

Taffeta Mon 12-Feb-18 22:42:56

The leafier parts of Hampshire have good comps

physicskate Tue 13-Feb-18 09:31:10


BrendansDanceShoes Tue 13-Feb-18 12:26:49

Harrogate, 4/5 excellent comprehensives but check catchment areas carefully, also 2 schools have faith based selection.

TalkinPeace Tue 13-Feb-18 13:16:59


but the top one is the best

BorgQueenie Tue 13-Feb-18 13:18:56

Salisbury has grammars
Chippenham has good state secondaries
Pates in Stroud direction is v good

Hoppinggreen Tue 13-Feb-18 13:20:51

My dd goes to an excellent Private School which costs us less £10000 per year ( West Yorkshire).
Naice area and quite cheap houses but state Secondaries are a bit rubbish. There are 3 Grammar schools too

TalkinPeace Tue 13-Feb-18 13:54:55

All of Hampshire has Comps.
If you live in the catchment of a decent one, you WILL get in.

Winchester has three - all of which are really good
Romsey has 2 - both of which are good
Chandlers Ford has one which is good
Alresford and Petersfield each have one - which is good
Hedge End, Fair Oak, Hamble, Swanmore - each have a decent one
Liphook has a good one

and the 6th form in Winchester gets great results for everybody.

THere is a reason why Hampshire districts top the "best places to live" lists every year

daffodildelight Tue 13-Feb-18 14:35:13


Hersetta427 Tue 13-Feb-18 22:50:57

Bishops Stortford in Herts has 3 of the top 10 non selective sin the country. One boys, one girls and one mixed.

pieceofpurplesky Tue 13-Feb-18 22:52:57

West Cheshire has some excellent schools.

Efferlunt Tue 13-Feb-18 22:59:06

Yes, Hampshire. Great leafy comps - a lot still in local authority control rather than this academy mush-mash thing. All roads lead to Peter Symonds to six form which has a stellar reputation.

Middleoftheroad Wed 14-Feb-18 07:05:23

Which county are you currently in Confused?

TalkinPeace Wed 14-Feb-18 11:29:35

All roads lead to Peter Symonds to six form
or Barton Peverill for Languages and Humanities
or Sparsholt for Rural / Agricultural
or City for Technical / Marine
or Totton for Public Service
or Eastleigh for care / hair and beauty

Lots of kids do not take A levels : Hampshire comps cater for ALL kids.

RandomUsernameHere Wed 14-Feb-18 11:40:48


Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: