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Movng to Manchester....

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Cesario Wed 15-Jul-09 16:03:56

Where to go?
Best schools? Private and state?
Any advice?

Metella Wed 15-Jul-09 16:05:02

Private - must be Manchester Grammar School.

Cesario Wed 15-Jul-09 16:08:19

Is that mixEd
isn't there some areas where you can get to grammar without paying?

Metella Wed 15-Jul-09 16:11:33

I think that's Trafford.

Cesario Wed 15-Jul-09 16:15:06

Mgs a boys school! I need mixed

Metella Wed 15-Jul-09 16:19:11

For grammar schools (in Trafford) look here:
Trafford grammar schools

Can you tell I only have boys? grin

Lizzylou Wed 15-Jul-09 16:26:38

Altrincham Grammar is mixed (or has two sites) and is supposed to be fab.

cornsilk Wed 15-Jul-09 16:28:37

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Lizzylou Wed 15-Jul-09 18:30:55

Yep, Cornsilk, sorry that was what I meant, there's a Grammar for Boys and GIrls.

TEJQ Wed 15-Jul-09 18:48:44

Depends what you want.

If you want state grammar you need to live in Trafford really, none of the other areas have grammars.

If you want private there is a wide range in north and south Manchester.

In my area (south) there are private preps and seniors. MGS is indeed an excellent school for very high achievers, but is single sex. Manchester High and Withington Girls school are excellent single sex schools close to the city like MGS.

More in the suburbs Stockport Grammar is not far behind the others, also Cheadle Hulme School. There are also less selective independents like Hillcrest for the less academic child but which definitely gets the best out of the child.

Further out you can look at Cheshire - my DS has just finished at The King's School in Maccelsfield. Its a mixed school in juniors and sixth form but girls and boys are taught seperately from 11-16. Trips and activities are mixed, academic stuff is seperate.

There are loads of independents in north Manc too.

Cesario Thu 16-Jul-09 14:46:37

After some researchvqe gave decided to narrow it down to trafford area. Good grammar schools but still not sure what happens if they don't get in. I think as they would not be starting until year 8 and year10 it is evenore difficult

TEJQ Thu 16-Jul-09 19:13:06

No idea what the possibilities are of getting in a Trafford Grammar post-Y7 entry.

I guess in terms of ability you need to be objective - how bright are they? Clear level 5's at all their KS2 SAT's? Or level 4's?

Not sure how good the results of the secondary schools in Trafford are but if the best are creamed off by the Grammars then stands to reason the results will be lower.

You might want to consider an area outside of Trafford like Lymm. Lymm High has a good reputation and good results.

Cesario Sat 18-Jul-09 21:44:21

I think my dd would get into the grammar if we went in year 7 but the plan is year 8 which will make it more difficult. She and her old brother May well get into Chets as well.

I am more concerned about my other son who would be starting GCSE's and would be moving from a smallish independent school.

I think we all need to go up and have a look at the different places

kritur Tue 21-Jul-09 15:46:43

I live in Trafford and am a teacher (not in Trafford). If the kids don't get into grammar then there are a couple of possibilities. They go to a community school many of which get good results for their students by providing a suitable education eg, vocational pathways and extra Ma&En support or you bus them out to a comp in Manchester city area or you send them private. Chances of admission after Y7 do occur, you'd have to get in touch with individual schools in order to check what the waiting list is. I do know that as a teacher who lives in this area there is a lot of coaching for the various entrance exams.

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