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State secondary schools in Exeter(2 Posts)
I have worked in 2 of them. I don't live in Exeter but from your list, the only one I would entertain for my kids would be Kings.
I disagree with the Steiner system and know one of the "elders" or whatever they are called at the Exeter school. I wouldn't put them in charge of sweeping the road, let alone educating my child for life.
Isca has improved massively over the years, but I don't know enough about it to comment.
St Luke's has had a number of issues. A friend's daughter spent all but half a term of year 11 there without a qualified science teacher. The school insisted on teaching the year 7s with a scientists, but not the top set of year 11. My own DD who is a year older was tutoring her to get her the C she needed for college. The Maths teaching there was also abysmal. Behaviour was a problem (not just the kids - I was bullied by someone thankfully no longer there and when I complained to the Deputy Head, she ignored it. I resigned and told the Head why I was going - the perpetrator was soon up the road as I wasn't the first, just the most vocal).
St James is not bad and worth considering. It takes a lot of kids whose first language is not English, but they make great progress and when I have been in there, I like the caring and calm atmosphere.
There is also Clyst Vale which is between Exeter and Kings. I wasn't overly impressed when I visited it some 9 years ago, but lots can change.
It is really hard to be objective, but as both a parent and teacher, I try to evaluate schools from both sides. If you want any more info, please PM me.
Can anyone please give me some insight or info on the following schools
St Luke´s sport and science
The Kings school – Ottery St Mary
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