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Royal Russell School, near Croydon

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BadSkiingMum Sun 19-Jul-20 16:57:49

We are interested in Royal Russell school, possibly for 13+ entry. I have read old threads but I am wondering if any current or recent parents would be willing to share their impressions?

Child is age 10. They are average ability but a hard worker. Possibility of some SEND, so looking for good pastoral care and support. They are not sporty but do play a musical instrument, at about Grade 2 standard.

I have heard/seen something on here about behaviour, so I wondered if that is still an issue?

Their open day last year clashed with the open day of several other schools so I haven't been able to get there yet. They also have a slightly odd policy of not doing tours for those not in the year of entry!


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ExamEntranceMum Tue 21-Jul-20 21:06:24


BadSkiingMum Tue 21-Jul-20 21:15:43


Hi - do you have any impressions or whispers on the grapevine?

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atotalshambles Tue 21-Jul-20 21:38:00

DC’s good friend goes and likes it very much.. Good option if child is not as academic as easier to get in. Seems to be good with SEN. I went on an open day and liked it . Downside is travel if not local but it seems to be a lovely school.

MaybeDoctor Wed 22-Jul-20 08:49:43

Thanks, that is really helpful.

Any insight regarding music?

JoJoSM2 Wed 22-Jul-20 11:48:12

We’ve only been to an open day and then on a tour on a normal school day, but compared to other schools we visited (about 10 in total) , RR was the only where all pupils got on with work. I didn’t see any low level disruption or pupils siting at the back and staring into space. There seemed to be plenty of music opportunities and high proportion of pupils playing instrument (vast majority in the Prep department but not sure about the older ones).

atotalshambles Wed 22-Jul-20 12:20:50

Sorry , don’t know too much about music provision . Hopefully they will run Open Days in Autumn.

Ratrace123 Wed 22-Jul-20 19:17:23

Hi there - my kids go here and both love it. It is has a broader academic ability intake than other nearby indies, which some parents can get snooty about...but is the reason why many others choose it. Can’t be doing with hot houses - so yesteryear!
The school also takes safeguarding and pupil wellbeing very seriously.

Pupils are supported to the best of their attainment ability and enjoy a well rounded, co-educational experience. The academic kids do just as well as if they went to grammars, no pupil is ‘dumbed down’!

Football and netball are the main sports and school is also great for kids who love drama.

There’s a number of developments going on, modernised science block and new girls and boys boarding/day houses. Physically, I think it’s one of the nicest schools in London and the only one with its own proper cross country course. The canteen also serves the nicest food (according to the kids!).

They have smallest year groups of all the indie schools nearby - partic compared to Trinity and Whitgift. About 100 at 11+ and then an additional 30 or so at 13+ (I think).

I’d definitely check out the next open day.

Message me if you have any specific queries. 👍🏽

Ratrace123 Wed 22-Jul-20 19:24:58

Ps - I‘ve not heard anything about RRS Pupils with any bad behaviour issues. I’m sure like any school there’s individual level incidents but not at a school-level reputation. Quite the opposite I’d say. The alpha male aggression is toned down by the presence of alpha females! 😂😂

BadSkiingMum Wed 22-Jul-20 20:24:15

Thanks so much @Ratrace123, really helpful. Definitely not after a hothouse here, more of a walled-garden with the right kind of nurture!

Do a lot of pupils arrive by public transport, or do the majority come by school bus? Is there any option of commuting parents parking on-site for access to East Croydon? There are no buses from our direction unfortunately.

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Ratrace123 Wed 22-Jul-20 20:47:58

Most Kids come in by public transport and you’d have to ask the school about official school bus routes. I do know that kids travel in from a wide range of areas and make it work. Coombe Lane tram is right outside the school with key interchanges to trains and tubes along the way.
Kids travel in groups and become public transport savvy very quickly. By the time they’re in secondary school / travelling on public transport is not scary, but I appreciate it feels daunting when looking at age 10.

Parents living in the same area also tend to car pool for late pick ups. Sixth formers can drive to school and leave their car there.

Parents are not allowed to leave car on school site but there is a small public car park nearby at Lloyd Park (which has a tram stop).

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