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Millfield vs kings Canterbury(7 Posts)
We are facing a dilemma and we have to decide before next week.
Should we move our all rounded child from Millfield to Kings Canterbury? She likes the 2. She is in top set good at drama dance fencing art sailing.
Will her academic life be better and will she receive a better education at Kings or being in top set Millfield will offer the same opportunities althoug some subjects (history of art. Geology etc) not done? Same level of Gcse and A levels preparation for top students??
Most schools do not offer History of Art ( wasn't it due to be axed?) or Geology. If she is bright traditional subjects might be a better focus.
...So traditional subjects will be done in the same way in the 2 schools or there is a significant difference in the "modus operandi" in the 2 school teaching?
shs69. I thought in a previous thread that you were looking for a school with fantastic performing arts for your DD and that she is trilingual as well. I'm sure she will go well wherever you put her. You'll feel much better if you just make the decision. If she's really well motivated, which school, won't make much difference.
If it is any help our DD is joining King's this Sept from a highly academic all-girls school for the 6th Form. She turned down some academically stellar schools for Kings because she wants to be in more rounded environment. She, like your child, is an all-rounder: very academic but loves her sport and music too. And KIng's caters for all that without the 'macho' sports emphasis that you get at a place like Wellington or dare I say it Millfield.
Our take on King's (and believe me we have visited most of the top 'name' alternatives): atmospherics are fantastic; every child we met there was cheerful & happy (not the case at others); staff were vibrant mix of younger staff and old faithfuls (interesting to note high proportion of ex-pupils as teachers); the support staff to a man/woman were cheerful and happy; facilities are great but then that's a given; academically it is strong across the board but not a driven hothouse (still I would say academically a cut above Millfield). it is not as socially smart as Wellington, Marlborough or Charterhouse but that suits us fine, the day pupil element makes for an interesting mix and keeps it socially quite grounded.
We are happy to send DD there as we think Kings is on a roll and she have a fantastic time......so to sum up the case for moving: great head, academics improving, school full, it's starting to get noticed among the chattering classes, ambitious development plans (your DD would reap benefit from) and still relatively unspoilt socially.....
Academically KIng's is pretty strong (20 to Oxbridge last year) so I would say that the preparation for top set kids is probably pretty comprehensive.....and the range of subjects offered is outstanding, so your DD would I would have thought benefit from that attention. The thing to think about is whether you think that your DD's cohort at Millfield will be sufficiently challenging for her going forward.
Hope that helps. Wasnt meant to be an advertorial for King's but we were bowled over by it.
History of Art wasnt axed; it was reprieved in the end. King's do offer History of Art at A level
Kings offer geology and art history I’m almost certain but check the website sixth form guide. It’s a great place for kids to live and learn - we are very happy with the academics and the extra curriculars. Hope you managed to make a choice and are happy with it!
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