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Long shot on Crouch End schools : Coleridge v Rokesly

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pansie · 03/09/2007 18:02

DD is starting at Rokesly in a couple of weeks time but we have just been offered a place for her at Coleridge and must let them know by midday tomorrow if we want it. In a way we are very lucky because they are both goods schools but I am feeling completely torn. It is generally accepted that Coleridge is a better school but it is further away from us and expanding to four form entry. My daughter is also all prepared for Rokesly and doesn't always react well to change. Any views on either of these schools?

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NKF · 03/09/2007 18:05

I hear they're both good but that Coleridge has the edge. Four form entry sounds big though. How large is Rokesly?

pansie · 03/09/2007 18:19

Well, Rokesly is three form anyway so I suppose there is not much difference there.

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LaCod · 03/09/2007 18:24

i have mates wiht a kid at rokesly

LaCod · 03/09/2007 18:24

her eldest kid has had a hard time wiht not many ohter middle class kids/m,ates in his class - was involved in a serious fight( aged 10)
her other son has had a lovely time
it depends ont eh class group

bakedpotato · 03/09/2007 18:27

I know nothing about R, but Coleridge is one of those schools people seem to do all sorts to get their children into (moving house etc)
I wouldn't worry too much about her reaction, starting school is upheaval/exciting anyway.

oops · 03/09/2007 18:27

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pansie · 03/09/2007 18:39

Thanks all. Yes, I think that is right baked pot that can't be guided by her reaction for what is a much longer term thing. Never went to see Coleridge as never thought we would get a place, even on the waiting list. Was very happy with Rokesly though so really am sure it won't make much difference in the long run.

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pansie · 03/09/2007 20:19

DH now home so we can discuss what to do. I think we should stick with Rokesly, he thinks we should go for Coleridge. Other complicating factor is that my son is going to start nursery too - has a place at Rokesly but will only be on waiting list at Coleridge. Looks like it is going to be a long evening...

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pansie · 03/09/2007 21:30

Any other thoughts out there to help a confused mind going round in circles?

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thirtysomething · 03/09/2007 21:38

Have friends with a DS at coleridge. He has thrived and has a very busy social life. He was quite shy before he went but has made a lot of progress socially, and really loves school. I have a child the same age at a different school and have always thought Coleridge sounded much better in terms of the way it's structured, the consistency of approaches and general nurturing of the kids. They all seem very white, middle-class and Boden-clad though! (nothing wrong with that, just an observation!)

MarsLady · 03/09/2007 21:40

ditto Oops!

Both are VERY good schools and you are rather fortunate to have the choice. If your DD is settled on and excited about Rokesly then go for it. I've only ever heard good things about it.

pansie · 03/09/2007 22:10

Thanks again. I know we are very lucky to have that choice.

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Slacker · 03/09/2007 22:20

Rokesley, speaking as an ex-Coleridge parent

pansie · 03/09/2007 23:41

What did you think was wrong with Coleridge, Slacker?

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oops · 04/09/2007 08:40

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Slacker · 04/09/2007 09:49

Didn't get on with the headteacher, and my children (who are now thriving at another school) just weren't that happy there, or achieving their best. But there are some lovely teachers and lots of people are very happy with the school. We weren't the only people though who felt that when there were problems, the school didn't deal with them particularly well.

swifts · 04/09/2007 12:51

You've probably made your decision by now but in case it's still useful.... I know several people who've left Rokesly to go to Coleridge largely because they feel Coleridge is better at meeting needs of more able children and certainly results at Coleridge are better. Rokesly seems more multicultural - Coleridge does seem much more 'yummy mummy'! Depends what you want and what your child is like. Infants at Rokesly is outstanding and the new buildings are fantastic. Juniors less consistently good but has just got new head (since last January) and I think she will really make a difference. Also uncertainty at Coleridge because of expansion to 4 forms. Hope this helps.

pansie · 04/09/2007 14:39

That is all very helpful, thanks. We went to see the deputy head at Coleridge this morning and decided to go for it. Now sounds like I need to buy new wardrobe (from Boden obviously) and get makeover before DD starts in a couple of weeks

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Maenad · 29/06/2008 22:15

I see that this thread is almost a year old... is anyone around with updated opinions on Rokesly vs Coleridge? I need to decide which one to put as first choice quite soon and I really don't know how to choose. I would love to hear from anyone with children at either school. DD is not yet at all socially competent really - I think she's a bit intimidated by other children - and so I'm wondering whether either school is particularly good at integrating small social incompetents!

squeaver · 29/06/2008 22:20

I've heard very good things about Coleridge.

Not so good things about Rokesly.

squeaver · 29/06/2008 22:22

But I don't have kids at either so this is 2nd hand but I do know someone who is taking their dd out of Rokesly because she's being held back in e.g. reading because she's "too far ahead" of the rest of the class.

Maenad · 29/06/2008 22:30

Ooh, that doesn't sound good squeaver. Don't suppose you know anyone with kids currently at Coleridge too, do you? Am wondering how they're coping with the expansion.

squeaver · 29/06/2008 22:43

No I don't sorry. Good luck with it

Maenad · 02/07/2008 10:29


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